Category Archives: genealogy

You might have an “Hessian” ancestor too

Our area has a high concentration of descendants of so called “Hessians.” This general term was applied to those soldiers from German-speaking regions whose rulers hired out their regiments to fight on the side of the British during the Revolutionary … Continue reading

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Family history research can lead to interesting relatives

I am on a History Channel list that emails me a “This Day in History” tidbit every day. Today’s commemorates the first robbery of a moving train.  The robbery was committed on October 6, 1866 by the Reno gang. Click here … Continue reading

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Original document reveals more about York widow

My last post was on Barbara Smith/Schmidt/Schmith (c.1724-1798), the affluent widow who left nearly her entire estate to the Lutheran congregation [now Christ Lutheran Church] in York, including the funds specifically designated to purchase an organ. That organ, the last … Continue reading

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More U.S. Presidental Ancestors Called York County Home

My previous post told how researchers connected U.S. presidents Barack Obama, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and William McKinley with their York County, Pa. roots. Below are a couple more presidents and a vice president whose families have been traced back … Continue reading

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U.S. Presidents Can Claim York County Ancestry too

Seems to be some Irish excitement about President Obama visiting the village of one of his Irish ancestors, but they have nothing on us. As York County Heritage Trust Library Director Lila Fourhman-Shaull pointed out in an article she wrote … Continue reading

Posted in 1730s, 1740s, 1770s, Chanceford Twp., genealogy, Heidelberg Twp., post office, Revolutionary War, Universal York, Warrington Twp., Washington Twp., York County | 4 Comments

More on Lewis Miller’s Blue Dyer

As I indicated in my recent post on Lewis Miller’s drawing of the Seifert family, there is more going on here than just the very early depiction of an American Christmas tree. That post addressed why a blue dyer was … Continue reading

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York County Cemetery Records Go Back to the 18th Century

St. Luke Lutheran cemetery ca.1900 I’m on the Cemetery Committee at my church, St. Luke’s Lutheran in Chanceford Township, where both my husband’s family and mine go back over 200 years. The cemetery was one of about 500 cemeteries in … Continue reading

Posted in 1770s, 1860s, 1880s, 1930s, cemeteries, Chanceford Twp., churches, genealogy, Universal York, York County | 7 Comments

Learn about Pennsylvania Germans of York County

Pennsylvania German birth/baptismal certificate (Taufschein) for Catharina Stambach, born 1835, by Adam Wuertz Only a few days left to sign up for the Saturday June 5 Pennsylvania Germans in York County seminar sponsored by the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society … Continue reading

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York Man Grows Figs

Fig orchard on East King Street I came across the striking photo above while looking for something else on the database at the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. Volunteers are loading images from the vast photo collection into the database … Continue reading

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More on Disappearing York County Cemeteries

Subscribers for a cemetery fence in Spring Garden Township Blake Stough recently shared the above image of a document he had purchased on eBay some time ago. It lists subscribers for a fence to be built around “the old burial … Continue reading

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