Monthly meetings are held in the Meeting Hall of the York County Heritage Trust, at 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 2015-2016 year meetings are scheduled as follows ...


Sunday, August 30, 2015          Genealogical Myths

This program presented by Jerry Smith explores the impact of popular genealogy myths and scams on your research. 


Sunday, October 4, 2015          40th Anniversary Celebration

Founded in 1975, the Society has chosen this date to celebrate with members and friends, the success and accomplishments of the Society over the past 40 years. Members and the public are invited to attend where they will be entertained and enjoy an ice cream social following a short business meeting. The festivities will begin at 2:15 PM and will be held at the York County Heritage Trust. Recognition of past officers, past Henry James Young Award winners and some of the Society’s history will be featured. Door prizes will also be given out.


Sunday, November 1, 2015        Kreutz Creek Presbyterian Church

This month’s meeting will be held at the Kreutz Creek Presbyterian church at 85 Old Church Road, York (near Hellam). This historic church is at the site of one of the oldest congregations in York County. The current brick structure was built in 1860 as a Lutheran and Reformed Union Church


Sunday, January 4, 2016           Use of DNA in Genealogical Research

This roundtable discussion will be led by Richard Konkel, and will include a discussion of the three tests (Y-DNA, mitochondrial, and autosomal) and the various companies offering the service as well as what sorts of findings can be found through the use of DNA testing.


Sunday, February 7, 2016         African American Genealogy

Rodney Barnett, organist and music director at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in York will discuss his research into his own African American genealogy including his paternal families in Botetourt County, Virginia and his maternal families in Alabama, including the difficulties and tactics of tracing families into slavery and the use of DNA testing. 


Sunday, March 20, 2016           Fundamentals of Irish Genealogical Research

Irish researchers lead by Fintan Mullan of the Ulster Historical Foundation will present this program.


Sunday, April 3, 2016               Pre-1790 Oaths of Allegiance and                                                                      Naturalizations in Pennsylvania

This program will be presented by Jonathan Stayer.


Sunday, May 1, 2016                Visit to Hellam Preserve Historical Site                                                              including 1758 log house



Sunday, June 5, 2016                Henry James Young Award







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.