Genealogy by Mail

Research Service

Due to the Society’s closure in response to the Coronavirus, we are unable to provide hourly research at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. We hope to resume the regular research service when the Society has reopened and is fully staffed.

If distance or time make a visit impractical, we may be able to assist you in your research. If you are looking for information about a person, place or event, provide as much information as you can on the Research Request Form (link on the right) for each person, place, or event of interest. The request form is a PDF document that you will print out, complete, and mail to the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Research Service, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, Pa., 17602-1499.Tel.: (717) 393-9745.

We will conduct an initial search of the Society’s collections at the rate of $25.00 per hour for members and $35.00 per hour for non-members. Payment is due at the time that the request is submitted. Payment may be made by check/money order (payable to LMHS), or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). If paying by credit card, please fill out the credit card information on the Research Request Form. These fees include up to fifteen photocopies per hour of research. Additional photocopies may be billed and an invoice sent along with the research report. We recommend a minimum of two hours for most research requests.

You may want to designate sources that you would like us to check. Please prioritize these by placing a “1,” “2,” etc. in the box following each source listed on the Research Request Form. If we have a source that you would like us to check that is not listed, write the name in the appropriate place on the form. A catalog of what is available in our library can be accessed here. If you are unsure of which sources would be best or if no desired sources are indicated on the form, we will choose the most likely sources to start. For future reference we retain any letters or documentation you send us.

Research requests are processed in the order which they are received. Depending on the number of pending requests, it may take six to eight weeks to get a response. Thank you for your patience.

If you have questions or if you simply would like copies/scans of specific resources (where no research is involved), please do not hesitate to contact us. Write or call (contact information listed above), or send an email to We look forward to serving you!

Research Request Form

Click on the link below to open the form (a PDF) and print it out.