SAVE the DATE ... and plan to attend our next 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 2017-2018 year meetings are scheduled as follows ...


Sunday, August 27, 2017          

York County's 1798 Glass Tax

The Direct Tax, Glass Tax, or Window Pane Tax was the first federal tax based on wealth.  To carry out this taxation program, every structure, lot, and tract had to be accounted for in tax listings, in which each was described and given an assessed value.  The result was a housing inventory so complete that it has not been surpassed to this day.  A treasure-trove of information lies within the data in this extraordinary picture of eighteenth-century society.  The speaker will be Cindy Hartman. 


Sunday, October 1, 2017          

Using Ancestry Effectively: Tips, Tricks, and Approaches to Improve Your Research Results

Topics for this presentation span evidence analysis, making use of database descriptions, search tactics, wild card searches, and more.  Navigating Ancestry can be frustrating; solutions for tasks such as locating National Archives microfilm are available!  Discussion includes the basics of finding your way around, indexes, tactics for dealing with poor indexes and index errors that might otherwise cause you to miss valuable information.  Unlike your usual presentation - expect homework - there will be take-home research tasks to try your new skills.  Our speaker Gerald Smith is a professional genealogist who specializes in Pennsylvania families prior to 1900.


Sunday, November 5, 2017        

“Don’t Forget the Ladies” – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law

In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth.  The common law relegated women to “protected” – second-class – status and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.  Our speaker Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree.  Her goal as The Legal Genealogist is “to help folks understand the often arcane and even impenetrable legal concepts and terminology that are so very important to those of us studying family history.  Without understanding the context in which events took place and records were created, we miss so much of both the significance and the flavor of what happened.” 


Sunday, January 7, 2018          

Share Your Findings

Our members and the invited public attending are encouraged to share interesting genealogical stories and artifacts they have come across in the pursuit and research of their ancestors.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the audience to become the program.  You never know what you may hear about or learn from fellow genealogists.


Sunday, February 4, 2018        

Reflections on the African-American Experience in York

Our speaker, Jeff Kirkland is a lifelong member of the York community and has been a leader in York’s African-American community.  He has also had a lifelong interest in history and in recent years has been researching the history of York’s African-American community.  For this presentation Mr. Kirkland will give us incite and reflections on the history and experiences of the African-American community in York.


Sunday, March 4, 2018          

The Scotch-Irish: Their Origins in the British Isles and Their Impact in South Central Pennsylvania

This program will examine the Scotch-Irish who were one of the major groups to settle in South Central Pennsylvania in the 18th century.  The program will examine the origins of the Scotch-Irish in Scotland and Northern Ireland and the settlement in Pennsylvania.  Their overall influence on our region as well as their religion, language, cultural and food will also be discussed.  Richard Konkel, our society’s vice-president will be the speaker.


Sunday, April 8, 2018              

Navigating Pennsylvania's Revolutionary War Militia Records

The Pennsylvania Revolutionary War militia records are some of the most popular records at the Pennsylvania State Archives.  Even so, few fully understand the records or how to interpret them.  With this in mind, this month’s program will cover the various militia documents found in the collection and the information they contain.  It will also cover how to interpret and use them to expand on a veteran’s overall service during the war.  Our speaker, Aaron McWilliams is a research archivist at the Pennsylvania State Archives.  His areas of expertise include Pennsylvania state land records, Pennsylvania’s Revolutionary War militia, and genealogy.


Sunday, May 6, 2018                

Tour of Historic Prospect Hill Cemetery

We will meet at outside the office for the Prospect Hill Cemetery along North George Street in York. Please plan to arrive before 2 PM as the tour will begin promptly at 2 PM.


Sunday, June 10, 2018                

Henry James Young Awards 

This year we will be honoring Robert H. Shaub and Lila Fourhman-Shaull for their contributions to local history and genealogy 




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.