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Attention Researchers

Please be aware that the second half of the Genealogical Card File is currently unavailable to researchers. In order to better serve our our members and other genealogists, the cards for surnames from Li to Z are being scanned offsite. We expect them to return by the end of August. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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
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:

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).

Lancaster Longhouse Benefit Concert

Acclaimed native American performer Joanne Shenandoah will perform a benefit concert at the Fulton Theatre on August 30, starting at 7 p.m. More information here.

Hazel's People Field Trip

Many local Mennonites were involved in making this film forty years ago. At that time, many in the church community were not sure Mennonites should be involved in filmmaking, especially since Hollywood actors were part of the cast. Join the tour of making “Hazel’s People” on September 13. Visit locations at which the full-length feature was filmed, share memories, and reflect on whether we are still Hazel’s People. 

Tickets cost $75 per member, $85  for nonmembers and are available here. A light lunch is included.

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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