Department of Records - City of Philadelphia
RECORDS : Document Recording

Online Applications

View old and new deeds - PHILADOX  (fact sheet)

The Records Department's document recording "Recorders Index" information is now available on-line. Users can search and obtain copies of land records such as deeds and mortgages and pay with a VISA or Master Card.


The LandStat application supports analysis and display of aggregated data for land records information based on official documents tracked by the Department of Records through its PhilaDOX system. It includes data on:

  • Mortgages
  • Deeds
  • Sheriff's Deeds (an indicator of foreclosures)
  • Real Estate Transfer Tax (RTT)
  • Condominium Declarations
  • Property types (residential, commercial, mixed use, etc.)

Property Parcel/Map Lines - PARCEL EXPLORER  (fact sheet)

The Department of Records Parcel Explorer web application is now available to provide property data to the Real Estate Community. The application enables users to enter an address or registry map number and view vital parcel records information including scanned versions of the paper-based registry maps. Other features include the ability to measure parcels and lines; add annotation to the maps; display a printable copy, as well as condominium information and parcel history.


The Philadelphia Police Department and Department of Records proudly sponsor this site. Copies of police reports and photos (where available) can be purchased for incidents that occurred within the Philadelphia city limits.


Online search for campaign finance reports.

Archival Photographs - PHILYHISTORY.ORG (fact sheet)

The city's archive contains over 30,000 photo records. All archive photos may be searched by keyword and date. Archive photos which have been assigned a Geo Location are searchable by proximity to an Address, Intersection, Placename, or Neighborhood



Digital images of Philadelphia deed documents dating from 1974 back to 1683 and selected groups of vital records, including births, deaths, marriage and naturalization records, dating from 1794 through 1915.




This index was compiled from the original road records, docket books, jury decisions, and surveys held by the Philadelphia City Archives. From these sources the Philadelphia Department of Streets developed and maintains its comprehensive survey of official road records for the City. Changes to the names of certain streets, alleys, and courts were first effected by an ordinance dated September 1, 1858. A provision of this ordinance was an alphabetical index of former names, together with the location of the street and the new name given to it. By an ordinance of February 23, 1897 names of intermediate streets were indexed by old name, location and new name. Both indexes are held by the Philadelphia City Archives under Record Group




This index is a work in progress drawing from the vast photographic collection of the Philadelphia City Archives. The collection includes photographs taken or gathered by Official Photographers of the Department of Public Works, 1894-1951; Department of City Transit, 1914-1951; Departments of Streets, Water, and Public Property, 1952-1963; and Department of Records, 1964 ? present. Added to these are numbers of photographic copies of older prints of City maps, views, etc.. While the original negative number series and order established by each photographer has been preserved for the negatives, prints have been catalogued and filed according to location and subject to facilitate reference. The collection consists of a negative and print of each image and is held by the Philadelphia City Archives under Record Group 78.1.

POCKETCULTURE (fact sheet)

With the launch of PocketCulture Philadelphia residents and visitors can now accesds an enormous range of the most important historical and cultural assets with a simple cell phone or wireless Internet-equipped Pocket PC.  Standing at 13th and Locust, one might search for 1300 Locust on the PocketCulture website and be returned with a map of the area showing, among 10 historic and cultural assets in close proximity, a photograph of the New Centure Guild historic marker and a photograph of the Progress for Women mural created by the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.  PocketCulture Philadelphia is the first extension of the Photo Archive website project.