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Lancaster County Town, Township & Regional History Collection - PA-Genealogy

Lancaster County Town, Township & Regional History Collection

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The Three Earls (Frank R. Diffenderffer, 1876, 109 pages)
Lancaster and Its People (I. S. Clare, 1892, 132 pages)
Historical and Illustrated Sketch of Lancaster County,Penna (E. J. Phelps, 1897, 116 pages)
The Greater Reading Vol. II, Nos. 4 & 5 [Coatesville, Oxford, Quarryville & Strasburg] (W. S. Hamaker, 1899, 52 pages)
Souvenir of Lancaster (L. H. Nelson Company, 1908, 35 pages)
Garden Spot - The Picturesque and Historical East End (Anonymous, 1908, 33 pages)
The City of Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Richard M. Reilly, 1909, 95 pages)
Centennial Souvenir Historical and Pictorial Mount Joy and History of Florin (Levi F. Sheetz, 1912, 160 pages)
The Story of Lancaster Old and New (William Riddle, 1917, 319 pages)
Lancaster's Golden Century - 1821-1921 (H. M. J. Klein, 1921, 139 pages)
Ephrata Golden Jubilee (Anonymous, 1941, 15 pages)
Historical Souvenir Book. Mount Joy Penna. Centennial 1851-1951 (Mount Joy Centennial Committee Inc., 1951, 67 pages)
Lititz 1756-1956 (Anonymous, 1956, 126 pages)

 

This is a collection of various historical and genealogical reference works on Pennsylvania.  These references cover 1000's of individuals, and are an excellent way to start or continue research focused on PA. 

This material was scanned from original publications and will be provided as text searchable PDFs. You will receive an email with the download link after purchasing online. These files can be read using many PDF reader programs (Windows / Mac / Linux), however Adobe Reader or Acrobat are recommended.

 

The Three Earls (Frank R. Diffenderffer, 1876, 109 pages)
This publication is an early history of three townships in Lancaster County - Earl, East Earl and West Earl.  It details the settlement of these areas of Pennsylvania by German immigrants, and includes mention of many early and prominent families of the county.  It proceeds through the division of the original township into three, and relates the growth of these areas through the years.  It also discusses the military record of the area's residents, as well as a few of the important men.  The appendix offers more information including a description of several towns within the area: New Holland, Vogansville, Hinkletown, Fairville (Terre Hill), Goodville, Farmersville, Brownstown, and Earlville.

Lancaster and Its People (I. S. Clare, 1892, 132 pages)
The full title of this publication is: Lancaster and Its People, An Account of Lancaster, PA.  Its Past and Present; Its Future Possibilities; History of the City; Its Present Condition, Commercially, Financially, Industrially; Its Literary, Professional and Religious Life; Its Historical and Political Importance, Etc., Being a Compendium Illustrating the Progress and Development of Its Resources, Industries and Business Life; Its Railroad Connections and Public Conveniences.  With a Description of Industrial Enterprises.  Included with the historical information are numerous ads for local businesses.

Historical and Illustrated Sketch of Lancaster County,
Penna (E. J. Phelps, 1897, 116 pages)

This publication is a concise history of Lancaster County combined with illustrations.   Half of the publication is illustrations of buildings, locations and persons of historical significance, the other half being the historical narrative.  It includes portraits of Frank R. Diffenderfer, John H. Stahr, Emanual V. Gerhart, E. Oram Lyte, James Shand, and Harry W. Gibson.  Also included are a number of local ads.

The Greater Reading Vol. II, Nos. 4 & 5
[Coatesville, Oxford, Quarryville & Strasburg]
(W. S. Hamaker, 1899, 52 pages)

This publication is a rare periodical from southeastern Pennsylvania.  Published in newspaper format, it contains a variety of information from articles for women, accounts from across the country, to highlights of prosperous business interests.  The majority of the publication, however, deals with southeastern Pennsylvania.  The towns of Coatsville, Oxford in Chester County are highlighted in this issue, providing a sketch of the town followed by sketches of some of their businesses and prominent citizens.  Also a few businessmen from Quarryville and Strasburg, Lancaster County are covered.  Throughout the publication there are a few additional articles of local interest including a sketch of 4 Lancaster County men who helped to make history, the Strasburg Railroad, and the Philadelphia Museums.

Sketches:
Ashton D. Rea, Y.M.C.A., O. C. Jackson & Son, Vincent & Pownall, Richard Strode, Coatesville Weekly Times, Robert Bernan, Jackson & Weaver, C. N. Speakman, Robert Young, Frank L. Stacy, E. P. Yeoman, Louis A. Bolton, Christian Bautel, Harry Garman, John Gilfillan, Joseph T. Peirce, S. Edes, F. E. Dorsheimer's East End Carriage Works, Cannon's Baker and Cafe, J. Thomas Wiley, The Star Bottling Co., F. D. Burnites Spoke and Handle Works, Wilson, Pugh & Wilson, Samuel W. Wilson, The Oxford Hotel, E. Haines Dickinson, A. M. Book, S. Book & Bros. Warerooms, S. P. Engle, Joseph A. Ressler, Mowrer & Fisher, Aaron Groff Coach Works, D. B. Martin, B. F. Book, A. M. Garber, F. H. Andrews

Souvenir of Lancaster (L. H. Nelson Company, 1908, 35 pages)
This publication was produced as a souvenir of the city of Lancaster, PA.  It contains about three dozen photographs of historic buildings or locations around the city.

Garden Spot - The Picturesque and Historical
East End (Anonymous, 1908, 33 pages)

This brief publication is a description of some of Lancaster County's countryside along with a few pictures from the area.

The City of Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
(Richard M. Reilly, 1909, 95 pages)

This publication was produced to highlight the city of Lancaster in Lancaster County, PA.  It discusses the various industries and organizations located within the city and includes numerous pictures of its historic buildings.  It also includes historical and biographical details on many prominent men and proprietors of the city.

Surnames:
Frank W. Woolworth, Newton E. Rutter, Harvey C. Rutter, Charles E. Rutter, P. T. Watt, James Shand, B. F. Good, S. A. Knapp, J. W. Brenneman, Jos. F. Bruederly, Frank Bowman, W. S. Leinbach, John C. Soutter, James Buchanan, Geo. A. Young, Henry M. Myers, Frank J. Shroad, J. K. Leaman, Adam P. Gable, John J. Blair, B. Frank Witmer, D. G. Martin, Samuel G. Roth, Milton H. Ranck, Byron Franks, W. Y. Haldy, J. Darmstaetter, Jno. T. Gephart Jr., H. E. Hendren, B. B. Martin, C. J. Dochat, William F. Diller, Ellis Pickel, Simon Shissler, F. A. Long, R. M. Reilly, H. L. Raub, M. T. Garvin, J. H. Baumgardner, S. E. Baily, Edwin T. Wade, D. L. Harnish, B. F. Barr, Wm. R. Cheny, Jno. R. Burkholder, R. P. Antes, D. D. Nein, H. H. Fisher, F. H. Shaw, Adam Pontz, F. C. Musser, Christopher Hager, Walter C. Hager, William H. Hager, Edward Edgerley, R. P. McGrann, John F. Derr, Chas. Draper, J. F. Hoenninger, John J. Thompson, John Piersol McCaskey, H. B. Lippold, Fred. E. Groff, C. Wise, J. V. Wise, Miss E. Humpreville, Mrs A. E. Cannon, Geo. K. Hoffmeier, Chas. S. Hoffmeier, S. M. Myers, H. M. Bartholomew, John Slater, Wm. R. Cooper, Samuel K. Landis, H. Holmes Boyd, J. Harold Wickersham, Young & Gast, I Steinfeldt, J. W. Johnson, Christine Kunzler, John H. Borger, S. M. Skeen, Abram Scheetz, D. F. Magee, Julius A. Roehm, John J. Bowman, Charles Ezra Bowman, Ezra E. Sieber, George Wolf, John C. Horting, Wm. Slaugh, John G. Sieber, D. Frank Kline, W. Bomberger, R. Bomberger, James P. Martin, H. P. Martin, Hamilton J. Miller, Ed. Westenberger, W. W. Maley, H. G. Myers, G. W. Messner, I. L. Wenger, George N. Reynolds, Charles H. King, J. D. Hocking, M. L. Matz, H. K. Palmer, Wm. B. Altick, Wm. Blickenderfer, H. Gerhart, Amos S. Gingrich, L. R. Raezer, B. P. Miller, Samuel D. Bausman, Jeremiah Rife, Frank S. Everts, E. S. Overdeer, H. A. DeForest, and Henry H. Appel.

Centennial Souvenir Historical and Pictorial
Mount Joy and History of Florin (Levi F. Sheetz, 1912, 160 pages)

This is a historical sketch of Mount Joy and Florin in Lancaster County, PA.

The Story of Lancaster Old and New (William Riddle, 1917, 319 pages)
From the Preface:  "Much has been written of the early history of Lancaster city, but it remained for the present octogenarian author to unearth facts of interest, of no little moment, hitherto unpublished. In his assiduous researches he uncovered records to which previous historians apparently had not access. The result is a volume that contributes valuable addition to the store of local historical chronology.  The work, however, is not a mere insipid recital of dates with their associate incidents. With the historical fact is woven a narrative in which liberal scope is given to the play of the imagination, sentiment and romance. The old life of the community is contrasted entertainingly with the new. Informative deductions are drawn therefrom, upon which the author, from time to time, philosophizes, basing his conclusions upon the varied experiences and analytical observations of a long life."

Lancaster's Golden Century - 1821-1921 (H. M. J. Klein, 1921, 139 pages)
This is a history and description of the city of Lancaster in Lancaster County, PA.  It describes the city's beginning and growth through the years, and also briefly discusses its prominent men and women.

Ephrata Golden Jubilee (Anonymous, 1941, 15 pages)
This is a program of the events of the Golden Jubilee of Ephrata, Lancaster County, PA in 1941.  It also relates some basic historical information on the town and its people.

Historical Souvenir Book. Mount Joy Penna. Centennial 1851-1951
(Mount Joy Centennial Committee Inc., 1951, 67 pages)

This booklet was written as a historical narrative of the area of Mount Joy, Lancaster County, PA, for its centennial celebration in 1951.  The historical information covers the early foundations of the town and its growth and changes over the years.  Along with the historical information are a number of photographs and illustrations from its history.  Also presented is a program of events associated with the centennial celebration and numerous ads for local businesses throughout.

Lititz 1756-1956 (Anonymous, 1956, 126 pages)
This is a bicentennial history of the borough of Lititz, Lancaster County written in 1956.  The narrative covers the early settlement of Lititz and its development as a town since then.  It also covers the current state of the borough (1956) providing sketches of its various churches and civic organizations.  Along with this information, numerous photographs are included featuring the boroughs buildings, citizens and other scenes - some historic, some modern.  There are also numerous ads for local businesses at the end.

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