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History: Genealogy

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Genealogy section--Call number: CS

Pennsylvania Genealogy--Call number:  F152-F187

Histories available on these families:

Bert, Brubaker-Brubacher-Brewbaker, Groff, Hess, Hostetter, Merkle, Miller, Minnich, Reist, Sangrey, Schwalm, Shenk, Sherk, Staudt, Steckley, Wolgemuth, Zerbey

TV Shows

Who do you think you are? (NBC/TLC) CS69 .W46 DVD

Finding your roots (PBS, multiple seasons) Films on Demand

Family History and Genealogy Resources

Top Free Choices:

Family Search    Search census, death, church, and military records online (Free account set-up required).

Find a grave    Crowd-sourced records of local cemeteries. May also describe family members.

Revolutionary soldier search    The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) register of soldiers and patriots of the Revolution.

Civil War soldier search    National Park Service's easy-to-use database lists over 6 million Confederate and Union soldiers, and 18,000 African American sailors. The search engine finds names alphabetically.

Guide to Pennsylvania Online Documents  Not sure where to look for census, land, or marriage records? This website tells you where.

Bibliography of Pennsylvania resources by county

Ellis Island Passengers    Open 1892 to 1954 and welcomed 51+ million immigrants.

Castle Garden (1830-1892)   Castle Garden was in NYC before Ellis Island. Over 73 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.

Family History Books    Type family name in quotes, ex. "Smith Family"

My Heritage Database    **Available with a Cumberland County library card**

Cyndi's List    Largest collection of genealogical lists on the Web today. So big, it can be difficult to use, but is full of useful websites.

Google News Archive   Scans of archive of full-page newspapers. No search. Must know newspaper and date of publication. Includes Gettysburg Compiler, Jan 1, 1869 - Dec 26, 1953, and Gettysburg Times, Jan 1, 1909 - Apr 30, 2009<

Historical Societies Directory   Directory of societies listed alphabetically by state and searchable by name. Includes links and address   Includes passenger lists and genealogies, history of the trip, and some original documents by and about the Pilgrims.

Printable pages - Stay Organized

Download and fill-In blank forms to organize your research.