Pennsylvania Family History Societies(H-L)

This section lists associations from Huntingdon to Lehigh giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County Societies

Huntingdon County Historical Society

The association has an extensive collection of documents, including:

  • 1790-1870 Census Indexes
  • 1890 Civil War Veterans and Widows
  • Bible Records
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Censuses
  • Church Registers
  • City Directories
  • Deaths and Marriages from Local Newspapers
  • Early Divorces
  • Estate Inventories 1788-1918
  • Family Files
  • Genealogies
  • Naturalisations 1798-1832
  • Obituaries
  • Regional and Community Histories
  • Tax Assessment Lists 1788-1899

Some databases are on the site, which include:

  • Civil War Veterans
  • Ephemera
  • Every-Name Index to The James Franks Collection - Newspaper Articles from The Daily News 1940-1960
  • Obituaries
  • Wills and Other Court Records 1787-1900

Many publications are available for sale, which comprise Pomeroy Atlas and a Guide to Huntingdon County Cemeteries.

Website:
http://www.huntingdonhistory.org

Juniata County Historical Society

The association has an extensive collection of archives in their Archives room, which incorporate:

  • Births 1893-1907
  • Cemetery Indexes
  • Censuses
  • Church Registers
  • Civil War Veterans
  • Death Registrations 1852-1878
  • Deaths 1845-1847 and 1851-1879
  • Genealogies
  • Grantor and Grantee Indexes
  • Marriage Licence Dockets 1885-1977

Resources also include:

  • Marriage Licences
  • Marriages 1800-1995(from Newspapers, Scrapbooks, Journals and Pension Records)
  • Obituaries 1828-2002
  • Original Taxation Assessments 1847-1900, 1910-1920 and 1930-1940
  • Original Taxation Assessments and Enumerations 1831-1846
  • Surname Files
  • Tax Indexes 1791-1794, 1831-1854 and 1895
  • Township Military Records 1889-1917
  • Voter Registry Rolls 1878-1920
  • Wills
Website:
http://juniatacountyhistoricalsociety.org

Lancaster County Historical Society

Resources are available at their Library, which incorporate:

  • Baptismal Registers from various Churches
  • Births 1852-1855 and 1894-1907
  • Business Papers
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Census Returns
  • Church Registers
  • Civil War Muster Rolls
  • Court Records
  • Deaths
  • Deeds
  • Delayed Births 1941-1959 for Births from 1869-1906
  • Diaries
  • Directories
  • Estate Papers

Resources also comprise:

  • Family Files
  • Genealogies
  • Immigrations
  • Jasper Yeates's Colonial Law Library
  • Letters
  • Manuscript Collections
  • Marriages
  • Naturalisation Papers
  • Newspapers
  • Oral Histories
  • Periodicals and Journals
  • Photographs
  • Probate Records
  • Tax Documents
  • Wills

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 on-line, which include:

  • The Columbia Spy 1830-1889
  • The Intelligencer Journal 1848-1871
  • Lancaster City and Co. Directories 1843-1922
  • The Lancaster Examiner and Herald 1834-1872
  • The Lancaster Farmer 1869-1884
  • The New Holland Clarion 1873-1950
  • Pennsylvania Civil War Newspapers
Website:
http://www.lancasterhistory.org

Lebanon County Historical Society

Many resources can be accessed in their Research Archives, including:

  • Cemetery Surveys
  • Church Histories
  • Church Books
  • City Business Directories
  • Federal Census Returns
  • Genealogies
  • High School Yearbooks
  • Maps
  • Marriages 1886-1949
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • Postcards

Numerous publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Cemetery Map
  • Civil War: Lebanon at Gettysburg
  • Diaries of William Rank
  • The Life of William Rank
  • Map of Historical Sites
  • Memorabilia of the City of Lebanon
  • Postcard History of Lebanon Co.
  • Reflections on Battle of Gettysburg
Website:
http://lebanoncountyhistoricalsociety.org/

Lehigh County Historical Society

The Scott Andrew Trexler II Research Library and Archives holds a wide range of documents relating to Genealogy and Local and Regional History, including:

  • Business Documents
  • Church Books
  • City Directories
  • Federal Census Returns for Lehigh and Northampton Counties
  • Lehigh Co. Naturalisations
  • Lehigh Co. Tax Papers 1813-1817, 1835 and 1840s-1970s
  • Maps
  • Marriage and Obituary Announcements from Allentown Democrat, Unabhaengiger Republikaner, Der Friedens Bote, Macungie Progress and Lecha Bote

Resources also include:

  • Marriages 1885-1961
  • Oral Histories
  • Orphans Court Documents 1815-1915
  • Passenger and Immigration Lists
  • Personal and Family Papers
  • Photographs
  • Prison Books 1869-1912, 1916-1917, 1926-1930 and 1938-1939
  • Wills
Website:
http://www.lchs.museum