IT'S TIME TO REGISTER ... for our conference, Researching Pennsylvania Germans, on September 22, 2018 at the York County History Center.

The keynote speaker is June Lloyd, Librarian Emerita at the York County History Center, and her address is "The Pennsylvania German World of Lewis Miller".  

There will be workshops on Pennsylvania German Research and General Genealogy.

Use the links on the right side of this page to access the Conference Schedule (including speakers) and Registration form.



Monthly meetings are held at the Historical Society Museum, 250 East Market Street, York, Pennsylvania unless otherwise noted. The business portion of the meeting begins at 2:15 PM and the program begins at about 2:30 PM.

Our 2018-2019 year meetings are scheduled as follows ...


Sunday, August 26, 2018          

Update on FamilySearch

Three Temple and Family History Consultants from the York Family History Center, located at 2100 Hollywood Drive, will present this program.  Tina Wagner, the lead consultant from the York Family History Center, will discuss the Search resources button, which adds free digitized and indexed family history records almost daily.  Sylvia Sonneborn, a long-time family history researcher, consultant, and presenter, will talk about the new features of FamilySearchFamilyTree.  The Lancaster Stake Indexing Director Janet Crandall will introduce the FS indexing project, which has indexed over 1.5 billion records in 200 countries.  All three presenters have each worked over twenty-five years on their own private collections of family history.


Sunday, October 7, 2018          

Solving Genealogy Problems with Land Plats

Land plats, drawing of land tracts from local land records, surveys from the Pennsylvania Land Office, or even drawings you make yourself from deeds or other documents can be the key to unravel genealogical mysteries.  This talk shows how land plats have solved real research problems including locating unknown cemeteries, establishing family relationships, sorting out same-name individuals, and providing evidence when more traditionally-used record sets are silent.  Our speaker will be Jerry Smith.


Sunday, November 4, 2018        

Understanding Tax Records

Our speaker will be James Landis.


Sunday, January 6, 2019          

Tour Christmas Putz at First Moravian Church

Our tour guide will be Terry Downs.


Sunday, February 3, 2019        

Tour Goodrich House

Our tour guide will be Terry Downs.


Sunday, March 3, 2018          

Blunston Licenses

Our speaker will be Aaron McWilliams.


Sunday, April 7, 2019              

History of the Amish

Our speaker will be Steve Nolt.


Sunday, May 5, 2019                

to be determined



Sunday, June 9, 2019                

to be determined




NOTICE: Winter Meetings and Inclement Weather

To avoid placing speakers and members in potentially dangerous situations, SCPGS will cancel meetings if roads are snow covered or icy, or if there is the possibility roads will become snow covered or icy before those attending a meeting would be able to return home. Cancellations are made on the conservative side. To learn the status of a winter meeting that could be cancelled because of weather, call Richard Konkel at 717-843-7043.