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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:

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.

Alleghenyville Mennonite Meetinghouse

Chester Weaver, a schoolteacher in a Beachy Amish school in Lagrange, Indiana, will speak on  “Swiss Brethren vs. Dutch Mennonite Concepts of the Church”  at the annual Outdoor Historical and Inspirational Meeting at the 1855 Allegheny Mennonite Meetinghouse, 39 Horning Road, Alleghenyville, PA on  Sunday, July 19 at 6:30 PM . The Earl Fox Family will provide special music. Please bring a Church and  Sunday  School Hymnal and your lawn chair. For more information, e-mail or call 717-278-8459 

What Young Historians Are Thinking

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, in partnership with the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College, welcomes paper proposals for its event, What Young Historians Are Thinking. This symposium seeks to encourage young historians in their research efforts and to provide them with a venue in which to share their findings.

Interested researchers should submit a 250-word proposal for a 20-minute paper to be given at the symposium. Three proposals will be chosen for this opportunity. Please submit via email to   or via postal mail to Joel Nofziger, Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602.

See the call for papers for more information 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 .

Young Center Call for Papers

The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College welcomes proposals for its international conference “Continuity and Change: 50 Years of Amish Society”  June 9-11, 2016 . Submission deadline is  October 1, 2015 . Visit  for details.

Explore historic homes in Lancaster County

Have you ever driven past an old house in Lancaster County and wondered what its story was? Have you wondered how early immigrants interacted and influenced each other? The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society can help answer these questions with their upcoming field trip: “Germanic architecture in Warwick and Mannheim.” The field trip explores homesteads and houses built between 1750 and 1800 that belonged to the second and third generations of immigrant families, most of them German. The field trip runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. Register here.

MWC Asia Celebration

Learn about the experiences  of Asian Anabaptist Mennonites and Brethren in Christ at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 1, at Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster. Enjoy a panel discussion featuring Benny Krisbianto, pastor of Nations Worship Center; Aldo Siahaan, pastor of Philadelphia Praise Center; and Tuyen Nguyen, Lancaster Mennonite Conference Philadelphia District Bishop. There will also be music and light refreshments during this free event in preparation for Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly in July at the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex.

Music in the Orchard

Music in the the Orchard kicks off a new season of local music at the 1719 Hans Herr House starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. Tickets cost $8. Visit www. for more information. Concerts continue on June 27, July 11, August 1 and 15.

Folk Art Fun for Kids and Adults

This summer, the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum is beginning a new program introducing traditional Pennsylvania German skills: Folk Art for Kids and Adults. This series features five classes, ranging from Fraktur and Scherenschnitte to hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and tape weaving, each designed for a child to learn together with an accompanying adult. The first class is on Fraktur and Scherenschnitte on Wednesday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn more at

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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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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