Research Request Form

The Lutheran Archives Center is able to assist you free of charge by mail, email, or telephone when providing you with information from our inventory lists and finding aids ("do you have records for this church or on this topic?") or when your question can be answered in less than fifteen minutes. However, if you are looking for more substantial research and are unable to visit us in person, our Archives staff can perform research on your behalf. Research fees start at $35 per hour, with searches generally limited to three hours. If you are requesting a copy of a church record (baptism, marriage, burial, confirmation, membership), the fee is $35. Advanced payment is required. Fees are non-refundable. Shorter research requests approximately take 2-4 weeks to fulfill, while longer genealogical requests can take 6-8 weeks, 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. 

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Please complete the form below to submit a research request. Once the form has been submitted you can expect an email in 5-7 business days from a staff member regarding if we can assist you further. If this is a time sensitive request please indicate that on the form and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes. Due to staff workload, your patience is greatly appreciated.