F47 R4 volumes 1 and 2. Later records include Congregational and Roman Catholic. A sampling of the NEHGS offerings for selected denominations may be found by following the links above.
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Thanks to William Penn, land records in Pennsylvania are generally excellent. However, they are complex and sometimes challenging to navigate. As described on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission website , the process of conveying land involves five types of records:. Probate records -- wills, letters of administration, and inventories—are among the most valuable sources for the family historian. Unique resources at the NEHGS library include will abstracts for many counties as well as will indices for additional counties across the state.
Prior to the first federal census, many counties kept lists of property owners for purposes of taxation.
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Property included real estate as well as livestock. Another useful source of information is the Pennsylvania septennial census conducted every seven years beginning in for tax and representation purposes. These censuses help the family historian fill in the gaps between the decennial federal censuses and are available at Ancestry. The City of Philadelphia, on the Delaware River, has been a major port of entry into the country since the s.
Several excellent online and published lists for the port exist:. Collection of 30, Pennsylvania Immigrants from by I. R ; also available at FamilySearch. G3 S8 ; also available at Archive. T48 ; also available at Ancestry. E5 P47 ; also available at Ancestry. In addition to the Swedish, Dutch, and English settlers mentioned in the introduction, other important groups emigrated to and settled in Pennsylvania: Germans many from the Palatinate , Scots-Irish, and of course, Quaker.
While some individuals stayed in the Philadelphia region, others used old Indian trails and new roads, such as the Great Valley or Wagon Road from Philadelphia , through Lancaster, Gettysburg, to Western Maryland and into Virginia. For a more in-depth view of migration routes within Pennsylvania, consult the wonderfully detailed and heavily illustrated with maps, Indian Paths of Pennsylvania by Paul Wallace.
Swedish: New Sweden on the Delaware : by C. Weslager general history ; The Census of the Swedes on the Delaware by Peter Stebbins Craig family names and genealogical abstracts.
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Periodicals represent the scholarly work of hundreds of local, state, national, and international societies and organizations. The plot was organized by the Maryland government, but was discovered before it could be enacted. They were thrown into jail in Annapolis, Maryland in what would be later considered the "revolt of the Germans". They were later released and allowed to return to their homes. Henry Bahn was listed, with his date of immigration in , as one of 49 German families evicted from land near Kreutz Creek by Thomas Cresap.
His will named his wife and surviving children. Executors were George Kuntz and Jacob Strickley. Probate on November 9, In the Name of God, Amen. All such Kitchen Furniture as she shall please to keep; also two table Cloths and two Hand towels, All which Goods she shall have to and for her own proper use and at her own Will and disposal without any Account fo be given thereof to any Person whatsoever.
Abstracts and copies of vital records are available for some counties, but most are incomplete. See also How to order Pennsylvania Vital Records. The following records are available at the Lancaster County Archives :. Early births — are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information. Indexes for Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health for and Box New Castle, PA Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania clerk's office for marriage records from to the present.
It is best to contact the Lancaster County Archives for marriage records prior to Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the courthouse building. Records may be obtained by visiting or writing. Early deaths — are located at the County Orphans' Court. Indexes for Pennsylvania death records are available through the Department of Health for through Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:.
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