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 2018-2019 year meetings are scheduled as follows ...


Sunday, August 26, 2018          

Update on FamilySearch

Three Temple and Family History Consultants from the York Family History Center, located at 2100 Hollywood Drive, will present this program.  Tina Wagner, the lead consultant from the York Family History Center, will discuss the Search resources button, which adds free digitized and indexed family history records almost daily.  Sylvia Sonneborn, a long-time family history researcher, consultant, and presenter, will talk about the new features of FamilySearchFamilyTree.  The Lancaster Stake Indexing Director Janet Crandall will introduce the FS indexing project, which has indexed over 1.5 billion records in 200 countries.  All three presenters have each worked over twenty-five years on their own private collections of family history.


Sunday, October 7, 2018          

Solving Genealogy Problems with Land Plats

Land plats, drawing of land tracts from local land records, surveys from the Pennsylvania Land Office, or even drawings you make yourself from deeds or other documents can be the key to unravel genealogical mysteries.  This talk shows how land plats have solved real research problems including locating unknown cemeteries, establishing family relationships, sorting out same-name individuals, and providing evidence when more traditionally-used record sets are silent.  Our speaker will be Jerry Smith.


Sunday, November 4, 2018        

A Matter of Interpretation: Using Data from Pennsylvania’s Colonial Tax Records

James C. Landis, a veteran of family history research will discuss the use of Pennsylvania’s Real and Personal Property Tax Returns from the colonial era.  Focus of the presentation will deal with analysis of information contained within tax records.  Topics relevant to the proper interpretation of data extracted from these early records include the definition of archaic legal terms, and the classification of taxpayers, and the types of taxable property.  This hour long class features analysis of case studies and detailed explanations of the numerous problems and pitfalls of genealogical research in these unique and intriguing records..


Sunday, January 6, 2019          

Tour Christmas Putz at First Moravian Church

The Moravian Putz (pronounced pouh-tss) celebrates its third decade as a witness at York First Moravian Church.  Moravians brought the unique custom of their Saxony and German homeland with them to The Colonies in the 18th century, and the sight and sound presentation shares via twenty-one scenes the story of Christ’s birth.  Moss and natural greenery are placed each year, and the presentation is in detail created by members of the congregation.  York First Moravian Church has served York since 1752.  The church has been at 39 North Duke Street, Downtown York since 1868.  Our tour guide will be Terry Downs.  


Sunday, February 3, 2019        

Tour Goodridge House

Goodridge Freedom Center at 123 East Philadelphia Street is a PA Museum & Historical Commission recognized site, recognizing the efforts of William C. Goodridge.  Born the son of a Maryland slave, Goodridge arrived in York at age 6, and by age 21 was on his way becoming an entrepreneur on York’s retail scene and a nationally recognized figure to the Underground Rail Road (URR).  Goodridge used his properties as stops on the URR, his being a conductor and using his rail line cars to transport Freedom Seekers.   The property shows the place where seekers hid until safety permitted, and in 1897, Reinhardt Dempwolf was alerted to the undercroft’s importance, leaving it intact – until uncovered in 1994.  Our tour guide will be Terry Downs.  


Sunday, March 3, 2018          

***  This meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather  ***


Sunday, April 7, 2019              

History of the Amish

Our speaker will be Steve Nolt.


Sunday, May 5, 2019                

Securing the Lands over the Susquehanna:  Blunston Licenses


Between 1734 and 1737, approximately 331 licenses were issued by Samuel Blunston to settlers for lands west of the Susquehanna River.  Compiled in a single, small register, these “Blunston” licenses serve as an early record of European settlement west of the Susquehanna in what is now Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York Counties.  The presentation will take a detailed look at what they are, why they were issued and how to locate individual tracts. Our speaker, Aaron McWilliams is a reference archivist at the Pennsylvania State Archives.  


Sunday, June 9, 2019                

The Young Center for Anabaptist and Piest Studies at Elizabethtown College and Brethren Research

Our speaker will be Jeff Bach. 




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.