Class Descriptions

Discovering Your Roots: Genealogy Sources at the Lancaster County Archives



Are you curious about an ancestor that once lived in Lancaster County?  Records within the Lancaster County Archives are a unique resource and can provide valuable information for researchers.  Unravel the mystery behind government records kept at the archives which may be the key to finding your own family history.  This course provides an introduction to the beginner for searching the traditional sources found within the archives.  Get familiar with the birth, marriage, death, and land records that may hold vital information about your ancestors.  Learn valuable research tips when examining a variety of records and see how to make connections to additional sources.  Begin the search for discovering your roots at the Lancaster County Archives.

Homemade History:  

Researching Your Historic Home at the Lancaster County Archives

Since walls do not talk we cannot rely on the ‘bricks and mortar’ or architecture of an old home to tell its history.  Was your home once owned by someone notable in the local community?  What kind of people lived in your home and how was it furnished?  Written records within the Lancaster County Archives can provide answers and reveal direct evidence of your home’s history.  This course provides an introduction to the beginner researcher on sources available at the Lancaster County Archives to find the history of an old house.  It also shows how to use the records found here to uncover a wealth of sources outside of the archives.  Deeds are the framework of your home’s history and historical maps depict your home at a certain point in time.  Uncover the records necessary to knowing the people that once lived in your home.  Discover a variety of records and learn valuable research tips.  Go beyond preserving your home to revealing its unique history.  Start uncovering the answers and give meaning to the material evidence of your home.  Your home’s history is waiting to be told!