Monthly meetings are held at the Historical Society Museum, 250 East Market Street, York, Pennsylvania unless otherwise noted. The business portion of the meeting begins at 2:15 PM and the program begins at about 2:30 PM.

Our 2018-2019 year meetings are scheduled as follows ...


Sunday, August 26, 2018          

Update on FamilySearch

Three Temple and Family History Consultants from the York Family History Center, located at 2100 Hollywood Drive, will present this program.  Tina Wagner, the lead consultant from the York Family History Center, will discuss the Search resources button, which adds free digitized and indexed family history records almost daily.  Sylvia Sonneborn, a long-time family history researcher, consultant, and presenter, will talk about the new features of FamilySearchFamilyTree.  The Lancaster Stake Indexing Director Janet Crandall will introduce the FS indexing project, which has indexed over 1.5 billion records in 200 countries.  All three presenters have each worked over twenty-five years on their own private collections of family history.


Sunday, October 7, 2018          

Solving Genealogy Problems with Land Plats

Land plats, drawing of land tracts from local land records, surveys from the Pennsylvania Land Office, or even drawings you make yourself from deeds or other documents can be the key to unravel genealogical mysteries.  This talk shows how land plats have solved real research problems including locating unknown cemeteries, establishing family relationships, sorting out same-name individuals, and providing evidence when more traditionally-used record sets are silent.  Our speaker will be Jerry Smith.


Sunday, November 4, 2018        

A Matter of Interpretation: Using Data from Pennsylvania’s Colonial Tax Records

James C. Landis, a veteran of family history research will discuss the use of Pennsylvania’s Real and Personal Property Tax Returns from the colonial era.  Focus of the presentation will deal with analysis of information contained within tax records.  Topics relevant to the proper interpretation of data extracted from these early records include the definition of archaic legal terms, and the classification of taxpayers, and the types of taxable property.  This hour long class features analysis of case studies and detailed explanations of the numerous problems and pitfalls of genealogical research in these unique and intriguing records..


Sunday, January 6, 2019          

Tour Christmas Putz at First Moravian Church

Our tour guide will be Terry Downs.


Sunday, February 3, 2019        

Tour Goodrich House

Our tour guide will be Terry Downs.


Sunday, March 3, 2018          

Blunston Licenses

Our speaker will be Aaron McWilliams.


Sunday, April 7, 2019              

History of the Amish

Our speaker will be Steve Nolt.


Sunday, May 5, 2019                

Pennsylvania and the Religious Society of Friends: A Relationship with Far-Reaching Implications

Our speaker will be Frank Soutcott.


Sunday, June 9, 2019                

The Young Center for Anabaptist and Piest Studies at Elizabethtown College and Brethren Research

Our speaker will be Jeff Bach. 




NOTICE: Winter Meetings and Inclement Weather

To avoid placing speakers and members in potentially dangerous situations, SCPGS will cancel meetings if roads are snow covered or icy, or if there is the possibility roads will become snow covered or icy before those attending a meeting would be able to return home. Cancellations are made on the conservative side. To learn the status of a winter meeting that could be cancelled because of weather, call Richard Konkel at 717-843-7043.