Monthly Archives: October 2012

On Site with Camp Security

On Sunday November 4, Jonathan Stayer, Supervisor of Reference Services at the Pennsylvania State Archives, will give an in-depth talk about Camp Security, speaking at the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting. The public is invited to the 2:15 … Continue reading

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York County people have weathered some serious storms

We should not panic when we hear of impending storms and flooding, but neither should we be complacent. If an area is to be evacuated, the smart thing to do is leave before you find yourself underwater. Fellow blogger Blake … Continue reading

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More on York County Civil War Pension Claims

As a follow up to my recent post on Civil War pensions–here are transcriptions of some of the attorney ads from the April 10, 1866 York Gazette. One year after the end of the war, there were plenty of lawyers … Continue reading

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York County Civil War Veterans Had to Persevere to Collect Pensions

After the Civil War ended, the battle often still wasn’t over for the soldiers or their survivors. It wasn’t easy to get the pensions they were due, and they usually had to rely on the assistance of attorneys who could … Continue reading

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Charles Fisher’s Ad Caught Customers’ Attention

Advertisers have always tried to make their ads pop out. I don’t know if the eye-catching arrangement above was thought up by coppersmith Charles Fisher or the newspaper publisher, but it worked for me. Charles Fisher was the son of … Continue reading

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Could an army cross the Susquehanna at Vinegar Ferry?

It is fascinating to compare old maps with present day ones. Sometimes you have an “ah ha” moment, where you may have been thinking “huh?” My last post was on Vinegar Ferry, which you can easily locate on the Lancaster … Continue reading

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Was there vinegar at Vinegar Ferry?

I’m deeply into ferries–the subject of my upcoming York Sunday News column. Did you know there were at least 15 ferries crossing the Susquehanna from the over 50 miles of York County shore, stretching from the Yellow Breeches Creek on … Continue reading

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Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s York County Connection

U.S. Capitol White House interiors, furniture Dickinson College Main Hall Bank of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia) Philadelphia Water Works St. Johns, Lafayette Square, D.C. Baltimore Cathedral Ringgold Mansion, St. James, Md. State Petitionary, Richmond, Va. Exchange and Custom House, Baltimore Nassau Hall, … Continue reading

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Shenk’s Ferry Woman Known for Fishing, Quilts and Descendants

I was doing some research today at the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives on York County ferries and came across the article below in the Shenk’s Ferry file. It is from the February 26, 1925 York Dispatch. Mrs. Love sounds … Continue reading

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