Research & Fees

What We Provide

The Lutheran Archives Center offers a variety of research services and hold records for churches, organizations, and individuals affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and their predecessors located in southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Metropolitan New York, Upstate New York, and all of New England. We do not contain all Lutheran church records. For records of central Pennsylvania, please contact the ELCA Region 8 Archives. For records of western Pennsylvania, please contact the Tri-Synod Archives.

On-Site Research

We are open to visitors by advanced appointment only. Arrangements for viewing materials must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Hours of research are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please contact to schedule an appointment.

The daily research fee is $20 per day due at the time of appointment. We accept checks addressed to "Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia", cash, or PayPal.

Research Services

If you are not able to visit us in person our Archives staff can perform research on your behalf. The research service fee starts at $35 per hour, with searches generally limited to three hours. Advanced payment is required. Fees are non-refundable. Research requests approximately take 6-8 weeks to fulfill, but is dependent on the current number of requests. Requests are completed in the order in which they are received.

We accept checks addressed to "Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia", cash, or PayPal

Genealogical Research

We provide genealogical research services which can include locating a baptism, marriage, or burial record and/or information about an ancestor such as date of birth, location of birth, parents' names, and sponsors' names. The minimum fee is $35 per hour which includes a high-resolution scanned copy of the record from the church book.  We accept checks addressed to "Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia", cash, or PayPal.

Research Limitations

Reproduction & Photography Fees

Photocopies / PDF scans

Scanning or photocopying of any documents is to be performed by Archives staff only. Charges begin at $7, per day, and $.25 per page.

Digitized Images

$10/image for personal use only (not to be published or shared)

$50/image for non-profit/educational use: use in publications, exhibitions, etc. 

$100/image for commercial use. Contact archivist for more information.


All researchers must secure written permission from the Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia to publish, reprint, or reproduce materials. The researcher assumes all responsibility for clearing reproduction rights and for infringement of U.S. Copyright Code. One gratis copy of the publication containing the image(s) should be presented to the Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia as soon as the work has been published.

How to Submit a Research Inquiry

Please submit your request through our Research Request form and include a general summary of what you are researching. If submitting a baptism, marriage, or burial record request, please include the name of the individual(s), name of church & county/city, and date or approximate years the event may have taken place.