Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mustering Up Your Family History

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, 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


Register now!


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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

Many people believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922. While many records were destroyed, others survived and large collections have come online in recent years. Join experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation during their annual North American lecture tour and learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research.

The Ulster Historical Foundation is a long-established, highly reputable research and publishing agency. It offers its extensive knowledge to help on the sources available to discover Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.

It is an educational non-profit organization, with the aim is to encourage an interest in the history of the province of Ulster; promote a positive image of Northern Ireland overseas; strengthen the links between Ireland and those of Ulster descent; broaden access to historical documents and records for Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy; and to inspire pride in Irish and Ulster heritage and culture.

This meeting will begin at 1:30 PM and last until approximately 5 PM.

Following is an outline of the program …
Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research (1 hour)
Records Related to the Different Churches in Ireland (45mins)
~  break
The Ulster Plantation and sources for finding 17th century families in Ireland (45 mins)
Q& A (30 mins)


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

This program will be presented by Jonathan Stayer. For the colonial and Revolutionary periods, the Pennsylvania State Archives holds lists of Germanic immigrants arriving in the port of Philadelphia, records of naturalizations authorized by the General Assembly and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and records of oaths taken by those swearing loyalty to the new Revolutionary government.  The available sources and their accessibility will be discussed.


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

Historic Hellam Preserve is pleased to host members of the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society for its Sunday, May 1st meeting, from 2:15 to 4:00 PM. After a brief meeting, Historic Hellam Preserve Board members will provide a tour of our restored 1758 Log House, a 1790 Spring House and Stone Barn. 

Directions to Historic Hellam Preserve: From York: Take Route 30 East to Hellam Exit. Take 462 East to Hallam and continue east for 1.5 miles. Turn right on Hill View Road for 1.0 mile to Historic Hellam Preserve entry drive on right, marked by sign.


Sunday, June 5, 2016                Henry James Young Award

This year we will honor Kathryn Jordan and Franklin R. Grove Jr.  Kathryn is described as the “consummate community volunteer” and has always been a local history preservationist. She is an active member of the Stewartstown Historical Society, and member of South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.  Kathryn is a former SCPGS board member and served one year as president. She typed and prepared the United States Direct Tax of 1798 – The Hopewell Townships. (also known as the Glass Tax census).  Frank serves as membership, registrar & genealogist for York’s Continental Congress Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and is a member of South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.  He is a current SCPGS board member and served one term as president.  





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.