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The Society will be closed for Good Friday, April 18. It will reopen with normal hours on Saturday, April 19.

Say Cheese! Family History Through Photographs

For 35 years, the Lancaster Family History Conference has brought beginning and advanced genealogists together. This year continues that tradition, providing nationally recognized researchers and quality resources conveniently located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

A picture is worth a thousand words, but what secrets do they keep? Join us in learning about old photographs from Maureen Taylor, “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective.”

This year’s conference includes:

  • Photograph identification/preservation expert Maureen Taylor, who will explain how genealogy, family history, and local history come together in photo albums. (p. 7)
  • A trip through historic Philadelphia, led by a costumed guide. Visit sites central to the founding of the United States. (p. 4)
  • A roundtable discussion on the implication and interpretation of genealogical DNA tests. (p. 6)
  • Seminars on getting the most out of, researching in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania German gravestones, and more. (p.9-14)
  • Time to research and meet other researchers, ask questions, and find resources.

Register here.

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 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

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 ( or from Sue Shirk (, 717-394-2947).

Swiss Pioneer Preservation Associates Consignment//Benefit Auction

May 17, 9:00 a.m. at Big Spring Farm, 735 Spruce ROad, New Holland, PA

Your good are needed for the auction, they will accept Early American And Local items. For more information contact Harvey Nolt (354-7578) or Dave Horst (717-445-6999) for more details.

Juniata Mennonite Historical Center

Dedication and Open House, Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 9 am to be held at the Brick Church and adjoining Juniata Mennonite Historical Center, 37322 Rt 35 Richfield, PA 17086

  • How a Historical and Archive Center Benefits a Community-John L. Ruth
  • Lunch served at Lauvers Mennonite Church
  • 1:30 PM- Slide presentation of Branch: A Memoir in Pictures-John L. Ruth

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

Direct questions to Betty Ann Landis (717) 444-3466

Field Trip : Herring Around Lancaster County

Learn about the Herr families long history in Lancaster on a field trip with the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society on Saturday, May 3 from 8 to 5 p.m. Registration due April 17 and can be done online.

Preparing the Earth

Come to the Lancaster Longhouse on Saturday, May 3, 12 to 2 p.m., for a native meal and a participatory program on preparing the earth. Tickets cost $40, seating is limited, so reserve your spot soon.

Pacifists in Chains

Learn about the experience of Hutterite conscientious objectors during WWI at Forest Hills Mennonite Church on Monday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m.

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

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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