Family History Societies are often for a specific area or areas.
Joining one of these could put you in touch with people who share the same interest as you. You can get help finding your ancestors, and help others in return. There are many different Societies to choose from, each area usually having at least one Society.
Some Societies list their resources on their website. There is also usually a list of events on the site, which includes details of talks given by specialists in their field. Some Societies also offer publications, CD-ROMs and microfiche for sale and these are often only obtainable from the specific Society.
County and Other Societies
Lancaster County Historical Society
Lancaster County Historical Society has an Archives and Library where a number of resources are available, which include Manuscript Collections, Letters, Diaries, Estate Papers, Business Records, Civil War Muster Rolls, Court Records, Births 1852-1855 and 1894-1907, Delayed Births 1941-1959 for Births from 1869-1906 and Baptismal Records from various Churches. Extensive collections of Photographs and Oral Histories are also available, along with their Journal.
They also have Cemetery and Church Records, Census Returns, County Histories, Deeds, Directories, Family Files, Genealogies, Immigration and Naturalisation Papers, Jasper Yeates's Colonial Law Library, Marriages and Deaths, Newspapers, Pennsylvania Archives, Periodicals and Journals, Tax Records and Wills and Probate Records.
There is also a Library Catalogue and Manuscript Group Finding Aids on the site, and it is also possible to search the Archives Collections.
Some Newspapers and Directories are also online, which include Lancaster City and County Directories 1843-1922, The Lancaster Examiner and Herald 1834-1872, The Columbia Spy 1830-1889, The Intelligencer Journal 1848-1871, The New Holland Clarion 1873-1950, The Lancaster Farmer 1869-1884 and Pennsylvania Civil War Newspapers.
Lebanon County Historical Society
The Society has a Research Archives where a number of resources are available, which include Church Histories, Church Records, Cemetery Surveys, Federal Census Returns, Local Newspapers, Historical Maps, City Business Directories and County Marriages 1886-1949.
Resources held also include Family Histories, High School Yearbooks, Historical Publications from the surrounding Counties, Pennsylvania History Books and a variety of Manuscripts, Documents, Photographs and Postcards.
A number of publications are available for sale, which include A Postcard History of Lebanon County, Cemetery Map of Lebanon County, Railroads of Lebanon County, The Life of William Rank, The Diaries of William Rank, A Map of Historical Sites and Memorabilia of the City of Lebanon, Civil War: Lebanon at Gettysburg, Reflections on Battle of Gettysburg and a number of other books relating to the history of the area.
Lehigh County Historical Society
The Scott Andrew Trexler II Research Library and Archives holds a wide range of resources relating to Genealogy and Local and Regional History. These resources include Books, Maps, Newspapers, Photographs, Oral Histories, City Directories, Wills, Church Records, Marriages 1885-1961 and Marriage and Obituary Announcements from Allentown Democrat, Unabhaengiger Republikaner, Der Friedens Bote, Macungie Progress and Lecha Bote.
The Library and Archives also holds Lehigh County Naturalisation Index, Passenger and Immigration Lists, Federal Census Returns for Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Personal and Family Papers, Business Documents and County Records which include Orphans Court Documents 1815-1915, Lehigh County Tax Records 1813-1817, 1835 and 1840s-1970s and Prison Records 1869-1912, 1916-1917, 1926-1930 and 1938-1939.
Lyoming County Genealogical Society
The Society has a Library where a number of resources are available, which include Lyoming County Will Books 1795-1903, Orphans Court 1795-1850, Williamsport City Births 1879-1931, Williamsport City Death Records 1879-1927, Muncy Now and Then 1929-1942 and 1965-1977, Boyd's City Directories 1893-1950 and Tax Records for various Townships in Lyoming County, a list of which is available on the site.
There are also many informative articles on the site, which include 1928 Census of Children in Franklin Township, Ohnmeiss Family Genealogy, Rehorn/Rayhorn Genealogy, Williamsport Photographers 1854-1900 and 1901-1925, Profiles of Williamsport Photographers 1867-1930 and a Lyoming County Cemeteries Map.
A number of publications are available for sale, which include Cemetery Books, History of Lyoming County, Early History of Cogan House Township, Bastian Funeral Home Burials 1905-1954 and the 1851 Map of Williamsport.
McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Centre
A number of resources are available, which include the McKeesport Daily News 1884-present, Obituary Indexes from the Daily News, Birth and Wedding Indexes from the Daily News, McKeesport City Directories and McKeesport City Tax Records.
They also have Local Cemetery Records, Local Funeral Home Books, Yearbooks and School Newspapers from McKeesport High School, Sanborn Maps for McKeesport, Warentee Atlas for Allegheny County 1914, Local Family Histories, Local Church Histories and Photographs.
Mercer County Historical Society
The Society has a Research Library where a number of resources are available, which include Federal Census Microfilm for Mercer and Surrounding Counties, Family Histories, Research Files and Published Histories of Mercer, it's Communities and Surrounding Counties.
Resources available include Regimental Histories of many Pennsylvania Units as well as other Secondary and Primary Civil War Materials, City and County Directories, Newspapers 1811-1976, Mercer County Wall Map, 1873 Mercer County Atlas, Plat Books, Aerial Photographs, Sanborn Insurance Maps and Manuscript and Iconographic Collections of Original Documents, Records and Photographs.
Mifflin Township Historical Society
There are Indexes of Obituaries from Local Newspapers on the site, which include Clairton, Homestead and Duquesne Newspapers.
Montour County Genealogical Society
A list of Cemeteries is on the site, along with links to where you can find Cemetery Records.
A number of resources are available in the Genealogy Room at Thomas Beaver Free Library, which include Church Records, Cemetery Lists, Census Returns, County History Books, Deed Index, Danville and other Local Histories, Marriages and Deaths reported in the Danville Intelligencer 1828-1879, Marriages 1852-1854, Deaths 1852-1854, Ethnic Collections(details of this collection is on the site), Genealogies, Newspapers, Naturalisations, Obituaries, Photographs, City Directories, Yearbooks, Scrapbooks, Surname Files, Montour County Naturalisations and a book entitled Pleas Entered and Enrolled by William Montgomery, Justice of the Peace for the County of Northumberland 1797-1805.
They also have Naturalisations 1814-1847, Orphans Court Dockets 1814-1869 and Tax Assessments 1814-1840 for Columbia County.
In addition they have Will Book Index 1850-1963, Birth Register 1892-1905, Common Pleas Dockets 1850-1888, Death Register 1893-1905, Marriage Licence Index 1885-1909, Marriage Licences 1885-1909, Orphans Court Dockets 1851-1865, Special Delayed Birth Registration Index Volumes 1-3 and WWI Draft Registrations for Montour County.
They also have Mortgages, Wills and Administrations 1773-1833, Deed Books 1770-1836, Grantor and Grantee Indexes 1772-1914, Orphans Court Indexes 1727-1930, Orphans Court Dockets 1772-1813, Will Indexes 1792-1930, Wills Indexes Volume 1 1772-1858 and Wills 1772-1871 for Northumberland County.
A list of surnames currently being researched by Members is also on the site.
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