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 2014-2015 year meetings are scheduled as follows ...


Sunday, August 24, 2014          "Genealogy 101"

The program will be led by Richard Konkel and cover the basics of genealogical research.


Sunday, October 5, 2014          Conscientious Objectors in Adams County                                                                  during the Civil War

Our speaker will be Roger D. Heller a lifelong native of Adams County. Roger is now a retired Secondary education American History teacher. He and his wife Lynn moved back to Gettysburg in 2008 and he enjoys and appreciates the area more now than when he lived here as a youngster. Roger will focus on the Adams County Conscientious Objector population during the Civil War. He will also touch upon the Civil War military draft, the German Baptist Brethren Church, and Pennsylvania History. His research has been conducted primarily at the Adams County Historical Society and the National Archives facility in Philadelphia.


Sunday, November 1, 2014        Tour of the Freysville Lutheran Church                                                                       and Cemetery

This month’s meeting will be held at the Emanuel Lutheran church at 1605 Prospect Street, Red Lion, Pennsylvania. Three churches, Lutheran, United Church of Christ and United Methodist congregations, are clustered together in the village of Freysville. This same trio of Christian denominations is located in many York County towns. All three churches in Freysville are of German origin. Emanuel Lutheran church in Freysville was organized in 1771, this is one of the sixteen Lutheran congregations in York County which predate the American Revolution. On March 28, 1771 Conrad Frey deeded a tract of land to Lutheran and Reformed trustees for use in building a union church. The cornerstone for what was the second, or possibly third, church was laid October 5, 1851 and the completed structure was dedicated on July 18, 1852. The union arrangement was dissolved in 1909, at which time the Reformed purchased the old property when it was sold at public auction. The Lutherans laid the cornerstone for their own church, located across the road from the old site, on Jun 20, 1909. They dedicated their completed structure on May 29, 1910.


Sunday, January 4, 2015          Online German Research

This program will be presented by James Beidler, author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide and “Roots & Branches” a weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. Mr. Beidler will speak on the topic on Online German Research. Searching for German-speaking ancestors is undergoing a paradigm shift in which the resources of Ancestry, FamilySearch and European-based are all major players and German church records are being digitized. Learn about the many websites that can help you break down brick walls and find the villages of origin for your ancestors!


Sunday, February 1, 2015         Meet the Ancestors II

This presentation by SCPGS Vice President, Richard Konkel will examine the ancestry of June Burk Lloyd, Librarian Emeritus of the York County Heritage Trust (YCHT) and Barbara Wolf Rudy, SCPGS board member and long time volunteer at the YCHT Library. June and Barbara both have York County and South Central Pennsylvania roots back to the early days of settlement, but each has some surprises that will be revealed. You will also hear more about Barb Rudy’s Hendershot ancestors! The autosomal DNA was tested on both subjects revealing some of their relations and deep ethnic origins. 


Sunday, March 1, 2015              Genealogical Myths

*** IMPORTANT: March 1st Meeting Cancelled due to the weather ***

This program will be presented by Gerald Smith explores the impact of popular genealogy myths and scams on your research. Have you ever thought to yourself:

“Skip the pension – he couldn’t have served in that war”       

“Law libraries are too intimidating”

“Grandma would never have done THAT!”

“I found it in _____ so it must be true”

“Grave stone says so…”

“So many people (and web sites) have said it’s so… for so long… and in so many places…”

“The census doesn’t show THAT!”

“Gotta be him…”

“There’s no need to actually go there…”

or any of a number of oft repeated phrases? Real-life examples (such as the dyslexic stone carver and 1790 census returns with addresses and occupations) show why lax practices should never take the place of constant questioning and proper research. Have any of genealogy scams worked their way into your research?  Several of the better known scams are explored. 


Sunday, April 12, 2015              Lewis Miller Portraits

Lila Fourhman-Shaull and June Burk Lloyd, the editors of Lewis Miller’s People, recently published by York County Heritage Trust, give you a glimpse of York County life in the early 19th century through the eyes of well-known folk artist Lewis Miller. The limited edition hardcover book features over 700 unpublished drawings of York County personalities drawn by Lewis Miller. During their slide presentation, the editors will share unique stories about some of the personalities featured in the book. You can also visit the Lewis Miller gallery to view selected original pages as well as additional works by Miller. The book will be available for purchase, signed by the editors.

Lewis Miller’s People is the first major publication featuring Miller’s sketches since 1966. Miller captioned these full-length portraits with each person’s name and often their occupation, occasionally adding personal and family information. In many cases, Miller’s watercolors are the only images of these people, making them especially valuable not only for social history, but also to the thousands and thousands of descendants still living in York County and throughout the country.  


Sunday, May 3, 2015                Tour of the Dritt House at Long Level

This month’s meeting will be held at the Dritt House at 1706 Long Level Road, Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. Also known as Pleasant Garden, this 1758 bluestone mansion is home to the Lancaster-York Heritage Region. The house sits high up on a hill and over looks the Susquehanna River. 


Sunday, June 7, 2015                Tales and Trinkets

A time to share your stories, treasures or questions.






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.