Saturday, September 24, 2016
Mustering Up Your Family History

South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and York County History Center (previously the York County Heritage Trust) are jointly sponsoring a genealogy conference on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Historical Society Museum, 250 East Market Street, York, PA.

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  —  

Climbing Your Family Tree

I Found It on the Internet

Resources of the York County Heritage Trust Library

Using DNA in Genealogical Research: A Personal Story

Military Records  —  

Pennsylvania Revolutionary War Research

Pennsylvania Civil War Research

Researching World War I and World War II Veterans

US Army Heritage and Education Center’s Holdings of Importance to Genealogists


Click Here to Register now!


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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 2016-2017 year meetings are scheduled as follows ...


Sunday, August 28, 2016          What Can DNA Tests Tell Us About Our Family History?

DNA testing and research is a rapidly growing and changing field for genealogy.  This presentation will review the various kinds of DNA test available for genealogists including autosomal, Y-DNA, and mitochondrial-DNA, and the information that can be gleaned from these tests.  Darvin Martin has been active in DNA research through the use of tests, particularly Y-DNA testing of Mennonite families from Lancaster County.  He will update us on this ongoing project as well. 


Sunday, October 2, 2016          Introduction to Italian Records

Lynn Nelson, owner of Nexus Genealogy and author of The Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Italian Ancestors, will present “Introduction to Italian Records”.  Ms. Nelson believes that climbing the family tree into Italy is accessible to everyone. The presentation will focus on finding and using Italian records without going to Italy.


Sunday, November 6, 2016        Flames Beyond Gettysburg

In late June 1863, two powerful columns of Confederate troops approached the Susquehanna River in south-central Pennsylvania.  One marched northeasterly from Franklin County through Carlisle toward Harrisburg and the other headed eastward through Gettysburg and York towards Wrightsville/Columbia.  This PowerPoint talk by veteran author Scott L. Mingus Sr. will cover the latter command, that of Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early, as it conquered Gettysburg after a series of skirmishes on June 26 and then two days later occupied York, the largest Northern town to fall to the Confederates during the entire war.  General Early ransomed York for money and supplies and surrounded the town with artillery and troops.  Hastily organized state militia defended the river crossing at Wrightsville and then burned the world’s longest covered bridge to prevent Rebel passage into Lancaster County, from which Jubal Early had hoped to threaten Harrisburg. 


Sunday, January 8, 2017           Where in the World is Tolna?

This program on the York County Gazetteer will be presented by Lila Fourhman-Shaull, Director of the Library & Archives at the York County History Center.


Sunday, February 5, 2017         African American Genelaogy

This program will be presented by Dr. Eric Holmes, superintendent of the York City School District. 


Sunday, March 2017           Ulster Historical Foundation

Irish researchers lead by Fintan Mullan of the Ulster Historical Foundation will present this program as part of their North American Lecture Tour, March 4-19, 2017. The exact date of our program will be announced as soon as the tour schedule is set.


Sunday, April 2, 2017              Pennsylvania Land Records

This program will be presented by Jonathan Stayer, Supervisor of Reference Services at the Pennsylvania State Archives.


Sunday, May 7, 2017                TBA


Sunday, June 4, 2017                TBA






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.