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Celebrities and Cellmatess

This year’s Lancaster Family History Conference focuses on finding that famous or infamous ancestor, with a keynote address by D. Joshua Taylor of the Genealogy Roadshow. There are also numerous workshops for the beginner or advanced genealogist. The conference takes place of April 24 and 25 at the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center. For more information and to register, visit here or call the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at (717) 393-9745.

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 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
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: snesslmhs.org).

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.

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  www.risserfamily.com  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  www.etown.edu/amish2016  for details.

Africa Celebration

Discover the history and life of African Anabaptists with the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 4 at Manor Brethren in Christ Church, 530 Central Manor Rd, Lancaster, Pa. Enjoy a panel discussion and light refreshments and this free event in preparation for Mennonite World Conference PA 2015.

Poets Longenecker, Kinch, and Weaver-Kreider to Read

As spring planting begins, remember that it is not only produce that grows in Lancaster County. Come and hear the poetry of Chris Longenecker, Eileen R. Kinch, and Elizabeth Weaver-Kreider, who have been rooted in the county. Each will read poems and sign their books at an event hosted by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster, Pa. Reserve your spot by calling the Society at (717) 393-9745 or online here.

Covered Bridges of Lancaster

Covered bridges abound in Lancaster County, and the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s “Covered Bridges” field trip roams beautiful back roads to showcase a few of these historic structures. Kenneth Collins, author and photographer of “Covered Bridges of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania,” will guide this daylong tour, giving details of the bridge’s histories and construction. Learn more and register here.

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 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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