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Attention Researchers

Please be aware that the second half of the Genealogical Card File is currently unavailable to researchers. In order to better serve our our members and other genealogists, the cards for surnames from Li to Z are being scanned offsite. We expect them to return by the end of August. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

PMH Now Online!

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is pleased to announce that, for the first time, members are able to read all of the back issues of Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage online. Every page of every issue from 1978 to 2013 is now accessible (for members only) via the Online Resources page of the LMHS website. Log in and browse the wealth of information on genealogy, local history, church history, and Pennsylvania German culture.

LMHS Genealogy Database Reaches a Milestone

Thanks to the diligent work of our volunteers, our genealogical database now contains more than 100,000 individuals! Our volunteers have been systematically abstracting genealogical content from past (and current) issues of Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage. This data is now available via the members-only section of the website .

If you are a member and would like access to online resources, please send an email to Peggy Erb: . Become a member here.

Access to Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online family history collection. Access is restricted to persons at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. 

  • Census & Voter Lists
  • Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates
  • Military Records
  • Immigration & Travel Documents
  • Family Trees 
  • Newspapers & Publications 
  • Schools, Directories & Church Histories 
  • Stories, Memoirs & Personal Histories 
  • Tax, Criminal and Land Records and Wills
  • Reference Books, Dictionaries & Almanacs 
  • Pictures 
  • Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Employment Opportunity

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is hiring someone to work two-days a week to provide support to the library, archives, Family History Conference Committee, and assist with volunteer recruitment, assignment and scheduling.    The deadline for submission of application and resumé will be  Wednesday, July 30, 2014 .  Click here for job description and application form.  Contact Steve Ness at  717-393-9745  or at   for additional information.

Volunteers Needed

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is looking for volunteers to assist visitors in the library on a regular basis. The work involves orienting patrons to the library and its resources, helping visitors to find information in the library and archives, and answering telephone calls at the reference desk. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn while volunteering, especially for those with an interest in family, church, and local history. Help is needed on Tuesdays (morning and/or afternoon). Familiarity with computers and willingness to learn would be helpful. For more information contact Steve Ness (Tel.: 393-9745; Email: snesslmhs.org).

Schürch Family Association

The 2014 Schürch (Shirk, Sherk, Sherrick) Family Association Reunion will be held on August 1 and 2 at Millersville University. The Reunion provides many opportunities to have fun and learn such as:

  • Participating in tours and other group activities
  • Auction including an 19th century sewing machine made by inventor Joseph Shirk
  • Learning about your Schürch ancestors and present-day Schürchs
  • Visiting your Schürch cousins and meeting new ones
  • And much more including activities for children

Details of the Reunion including daily agendas and schedules, activity descriptions, fees, meals, lodging and registration forms will be available on our website (www.schurchfamilyassociation.net) or from Sue Shirk (suesbugmsn.com, 717-394-2947).

Juniata Mennonite Historical Society Annual Meeting
Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 9 AM
to be held at the Brick Church and adjoining Juniata Mennonite Historical Center.
37322 Rt 35 Richfield, PA 17086
God, the Ultimate Author -Aaron Lapp Jr. (authored Memoirs of an Amish Mennonite Church -Weavertown Church History 2003)
The History of the Printings of the Martyrs Mirror - 1660-2012 by David Luthy (2013) - Lloyd Weiler (contributor of same)
The Revised Burkholder Story - Romaine Stauffer (author of Hidden Riches)
Lunch served at Lauvers Mennonite Church
1 PM - Power Point Presentations by Janet Taylor
Roads & Indian Paths
African Americans in the Juniata Basin
Any questions, call Betty Ann Landis (717) 444-3466

Allegheneyville Mennonite Historical Society

Donald Jacobs, missionary church planter and administrator, Christian anthropologist and leadership trainer, will speak on “ An Amazing Century of God’s Church: 1914-2014”  at the annual Outdoor Historical and Inspirational Meeting at the 1855 Allegheny Mennonite Meetinghouse, 39 Horning Road, Alleghenyville, PA on  Sunday, July 20 at 6:30 PM Please bring a Church and Sunday School Hymnal and your lawn chair. For more information,  e-mail jgsenwindstream.net or call 717-278-8459 or 610-777-3003  

Hispanic Mennonites of Lancaster County

Go back in time when several hundred folks of Puerto Rico arrived in Lancaster County PA to work in summer harvesting of tomatoes from about 1950-64. See their early lodging places, work sites, and places of worship. Hear first person stories of initial experiences.

Light lunch included in trip. 

Guides: Ramona Rivera Santiago and Joanne Hess Siegrist 

$55 Member and $60 Nonmember

From Germany to Germantown

Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society on this exciting field trip and sail on the Kalmar Nyckel—a replica of the ship that first brought European settlers to the Delaware Valley.  Experience old Philadelphia and explore Germantown. The trip takes place on Saturday, September 20, leaving the Society at 7:30 a.m. and returning to it at 5:30 p.m. See the field trip tab for more information.

About Lancaster Roots 2014

Lancaster Roots is an ongoing series of community cultural events organized by Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and the 1719 Hans Herr House. For a complete list of events, go to www.LancasterRoots.org

Sponsors
Four Seasons Produce, Inc.
Landis Homes

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society preserves and interprets the culture and context of Anabaptist-related faith communities connected to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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