Wednesday
Mar152017

Introduction to Ancestry workshop

On Saturday April 22nd from 9:00 AM until noon, South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society will sponsor an “Introduction to Ancestry” workshop at the York County History Center (250 East Market Street, York).

The session offers lectures coupled with hands-on instruction and exercises to build expertise in various aspects of Ancestry.com, including:

  • Building your personal tree (and sharing it or keeping it private)
  • Finding records for your geographic area of interest
  • Using census, immigration, and military records
  • Evaluating the content you find
  • Tips & techniques for effectively using indexes

Students will spend a portion of the morning working on their own research in consultation with experts on hand for advice and instruction.

Students must bring their own laptops and should have an active Ancestry.com subscription (this may be a trial subscription).  The York County History Center’s library edition of Ancestry.com can be used in the event that the participant does not have an active subscription.

To register send an email to scpgswebsite.com and instructions will be provided via return email.  Registration is $30.  Space is limited to ten participants.

Wednesday
Jan042017

Special Publication #80

Publication #80 Volume 4 of the 1798 United States Direct Tax of 1798: Hellam, Newberry and Windsor Townships was recently mailed to the current members of SCPGS.

Saturday
Oct102015

Save the Date ... Saturday, September 24, 2016

South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and York County Heritage Trust are jointly sponsoring a genealogy conference on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York ... Mustering Up Your Family History

The keynote speaker will be Ron Hershner, author of “Letters From Home: The Civil War Correspondence of a York County Family”. 

The conference will feature two tracts of programs ... 

Genealogical Research  —  Beginning Genealogical Research, Online Genealogical Research, Resources of the York County Heritage Trust Library, and Using DNA in Genealogical Research

Military Records  —  Revolutionary War Research, Civil War Research, Researching World War I and World War II veterans, and Genealogical Process for Using Army Collections

Watch for more information.

Saturday
Aug022014

Proposed Changes to By-Laws

At our July board meeting, we approved several changes to the by-laws of the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. These changes will be brought before the general membership for a vote at the August 24th meeting.
The major change is as follows:
existing … The Officers of the Society shall be elected at the annual meeting for a term of one year except Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be elected for a term of two years. Each officer shall hold office until his successor shall have been duly elected. The President may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
revision … The Officers of the Society shall be elected at the annual meeting for a term of two years. Each officer shall hold office until his successor shall have been duly elected. The President may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
Other changes are as follows …
(1) The election of officers will be held at our May meeting rather than the June meeting
(2) The position of Director of Membership has been eliminated.
(3) The position of Corresponding Secretary has been renamed Membership & Corresponding Secretary, and this position will assume the majority of the responsibilities of the Director of Membership.
Wednesday
Jan222014

Special Publication #75

Publication #75 is an Index for the Scrapbook of World War I Letters from Soldiers and Others was recently mailed to the current members of SCPGS.

In 2005, SCPGS charter member and former president, Ruthetta Jacobs donated her aunt Mildred Glass’ large scrapbook of newspaper clippings of letters from soldiers and others serving in the American Expeditionary Forces, American Red Cross and YMCA from York and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania to the Library of the York County Heritage Trust. Due to the scrapbook’s condition of severe deterioration, SCPGS offered to digitize it in order to preserve its significant historical value.

This Special Publication contains not only an index of the soldiers and others writing home during 1918 and 1919, but also includes a World War I timeline to help the reader follow the progression of events that led to American Expeditionary Forces entering the war and for the reader to place events which the letter writer talks about in a time frame, as well as, sundry items abstracted from the book, “York County and the World War: Being a War History of York and York County, and a Record of the Services Rendered to Their Country.”

Additional copies of the Special Publication are available for a cost of $15.00 each. The complete scrapbook on CD is available for a cost of $12.00, which includes tax, shipping and handling.