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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.

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:

2015 Schrag Lectures at Messiah College

Sponsored by the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies

“AC/DC: Changing Currents in the Global Church” (Morning Chapel Talk)

Thursday, March 26 @ 9:45am

Messiah College, Hostetter Chapel

“Alternating Currents and Multi-Directional Ministry: Global Anabaptism and its Challenge to the North American Church” (Evening Lecture)

Thursday, March 26 @ 7:00pm

Messiah College, Parmer Cinema 

Each year, the Schrag Lectures at Messiah College—sponsored by the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies—provide the college community with the opportunity to explore and discuss some aspect of Anabaptist history, theology, or ethics. This year, Dr. J. Nelson Kraybill will serve as our annual lecturer, and will speak on the global Anabaptist fellowship and the North American church’s role in this worldwide faith community.

For more information, visit the Sider Institute website at, call 717-766-2511 ext. 2025, or email Shirley Groff, administrative assistant to the Sider Institute, at

Book auction schedule change

The bimonthly auction of rare and used books is changing its schedule for 2015. It will now run on odd months, starting January 9. Visit the book auction page for a complete list of dates.

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.

Risser Family Reunion

You are cordially invited to attend the "Risser Family Reunion" -Saturday- June 13, 2015  @ the Elizabethtown Fairgrounds in Elizabethtown, Pa.  For more information check out  or call Keith Risser @  410-531-6880 .

Juniata Mennonite Historical Society
Joseph Hirt, Holocaust survivor and John L. Ruth, Mennonite historian lecturing at Mifflinburg High School 75 Market St., Mifflinburg, PA 17844 on  Friday, March 27 at 7 PM . Free admission and open to the public An offering will be lifted to cover expenses and benefit the Juniata Mennonite Historical Society.
Pies in the Mennonite Tradition

Stop by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society on Saturday, March 14 between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. to learn how to make pie crusts, and to sample some slices with a cup of coffee for yourself. To attend, tickets can be purchased for $15 by calling (717) 393-9745 or by going here. The event will be held at the Society, 2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, 17602.

Pennsylvania German Dialect Classes

Classes are now open for registration. Beginner classes run Saturdays from March 7 through May 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Intermediate classes run Wednesdays, March 11 through May 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit here or call (717) 393-9745 for more information.

Annual Banquet

Come hear Nancy Heisey, former president of Mennonite World Conference, speak on the topic “Does Mennonite World Conference Unify All Anabaptists?” at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s Annual Banquet at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at Yoder’s Restaurant and Banquet Facility. Tickets are available online or by calling (717) 393-9745.

Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases: lecture and booksigning

Visit the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society on Saturday, March 28, between 10 am and noon to hear author Ann Hermes talk about her book “Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures.” Historical examples of patchwork pillowcases will be on display, and modern renditions available for purchase. 

About Lancaster Roots 2015

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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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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