Meeting and Events
Monthly meetings are held in the Meeting Hall of the York County History Center at 250 East Market Street, York, Pennsylvania, unless otherwise noted. The business portion of the meeting begins at 2:30 PM, followed by the program.
IMPORTANT: COVID 19 Considerations
The York County History Center reopened to the public on April 1, 2021, with limited reservations. In addition to limited in-person seating, our meetings will also be live-streamed online via Facebook and Zoom.
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Our upcoming meetings are scheduled as follows ...
August 28, 2022
Using Online Deeds in Family History Research
(Note: This presentation is an in-person only event and will not be available online or recorded)
Deeds are one of the most valuable but underutilized resources for family history research! These days, with the wide availability of deeds online, you can research them from the comfort of your own home. Learn how deeds can break down brick walls, reveal your ancestors’ stories, help you trace the history of your property, and more. An overview of deeds, tips for using them, and a live, step-by-step demonstration using York County deeds online will show how easy it is to use this wonderful resource to grow your family tree.
Presenter - Lynn Nelson, Certified Genealogist®, specializes in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Italian research. A former IT professional with decades of personal family history research experience, she turned her favorite hobby into her early retirement job. Lynn is an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and other groups. She volunteers at the library and archives of the York County History Center, where she was a 2020 Volunteer of the Year.
October 2, 2022
Indian Languages Influence in the Susquehanna Region
Presented by Charles "Chip" Kauffman
From the first inhabitants who migrated into the Susquehanna River area thousands of years ago to the period of European settlement in the 1600s to1800s, many American Indian languages were spoken by diverse tribes who made the area their home or passed through on trade or exploratory ventures. Although most early languages are dead, their legacy lives on in the Susquehanna Valley through place names from Iroquoian and Algonquian languages once spoken in the area. This presentation will cover 17th century European contact with the region’s early inhabitants and how those contacts shaped place names we take for granted in York and Lancaster Counties. Highlighting this will be origins and meanings of such names as Susquehanna, Codorus, Chickies, Turkey Hill, Conewago, Accomac, Tuckahoe, Conestoga.
Charles “Chip” Kauffman is an adjunct faculty member at York College of Pennsylvania where he teaches languages and language-related courses. Over many years at several colleges in the region, he has taught Italian, German, Russian and other languages. He is a retired certified U.S. Government linguist and author of various articles on languages and linguistics.
More programs coming soon . . .
PAST PROGRAMS ARCHIVE
June 2022 - Henry James Young Awards
May 2022 - Researching the History of Institutionalized People in Pennsylvania
Apr 2022 - The Challenges Facing the Continental Congress in York
Mar 2022 - 18th Century Gunsmithing in Eastern PA
Feb 2022 - PA’s Celtic Language Heritage
Jan 2022 - The Architecture of the Dempwolfs
Nov 2021 - The Churches and Chaplains of York County During the Civil War
Oct 2021 - Genealogical Resources of the York County History Center’s Library and Archives
Aug 2021 - Pennsylvania State Archives’ Online Resources
Jun 2021 -History of the Henry James Young Award
May 2021 - MA & PA Railroad Heritage Village visit
Apr 2021 - Cumberland County Records
Mar 2021 - PA State Archives Moves Into the Future
Feb 2021 - York County Coroner's Office
Aug 2020 - Using Online Newspaper Collections in Research
Oct 2020 - Genealogical Adventures During the Pandemic
Nov 2020 - Using Oral History in Genealogical Research