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Return of the Cards!

All of the cards in our Genealogical Card File are now back home after being scanned offsite. Their absence proved their worth to us, as there were many times that we turned to the file, only to find an empty drawer.

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 .

Become a member here.

Access to 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
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.

Reading our Way to PA 2015

Looking to learn more about Mennonites around the world? Trying to prepare yourself for Mennonite World Conference? Pick up the Global Mennonite History series at the Society today! Also pick up your copy of Alfred Neufeld's "What We Believe Together: Exploring the Shared Convictions of Anabaptist-related Churches-available only through the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Can't make it in? Order your copies online here.

Paraguay Elmer Martin: Family Finds Real South American Frontier
The Swiss Pioneer Preservation Associates is sponsoring a tour on Thursday , October 23, 7 pm , at the Martindale Fellowship Center (352 Martindale Rd., Ephrata, Pa.). Learn about Elmer and Verna Martin and nine of their eleven children who moved to the Paraguyan Chaco soon after the United States entered World War II. Isaac Lowry & Daniel Lowry will be available to sign their recently released book on the family. FOrm ore information, contact Raymond Zimmerman, (717) 354-7139.
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:

Joseph Hirt, Holocaust survivor and John L. Ruth, Mennonite Historian
Joseph Hirt will tell about his experiences in Nazi Germany and escape from a concentration camp.
John l. Ruth will talk about the Mennonites in Germany at that time.
November 14, 2014 7 PM
at Richfield Mennonite Family Life Center
167 Church St., Richfield, PA, 17086
sponsored by Juniata Mennonite Historical Society

The Amish and Their Quilts

November 1, 9 am to 12 pm 

Place a stitch in time with the upcoming folk art class on the Amish and their quilts; learn about the history of quilting and how to make your own.
Learn basic quilting in a folk art class on November 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. More information here.

Abner Zook Exhibit

Abner Zook, an Amish-born artist, painted and sculpted exhilarating dioramas over five decades depicting farm work, barn raisings, church gatherings, public sales, busy train stations, and other scenes of daily life in Amish and non-Amish communities at the turn of the 20th century.  Twenty of his most select 3-D paintings from the James and Nancy Binsberger collection will be exhibited from  September 6 to December 31, 2014  at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.  Tickets are $5 per person. The exhibit is open daily  Tuesday  through  Saturday , from  8:30 am-4:30 pm.

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

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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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