Pennsylvania, USA, the Keystone State
2nd State; Statehood 1787; Capital City, Harrisburg
Some family names associated with Pennsylvania:
- Johan Adam Dick 1709 Germany – 1785 PA
- Esther Barbara (Wolf) Gruissy 1836 PA – 1906 OH
- Mary Isabella (Heffelfinger) Mark 1819 PA – 1904 OH
- Abraham Mark 1812 PA – 1872 OH
- Caspar Ritter c 1720 Germany – 1792 PA
- Casper Ritter 1749 PA – 1822
- Heinrich Ritter c 1715 Germany – 1797 PA
- Johannes Ritter, Sr. 1743 PA – 1816 PA
- Johannes Ritter, Jr. 1771 PA – 1864 OH
- Martin Ritter c 1718 Germany – 1789 PA
- Paul Ritter 1713 Germany – 1799 PA
- Appollonia (Dick) Wolf 1738 – 1791 PA
- Andrew Wolf b 1783 PA
- Jacob Wolf b 1798 PA
- Jeremiah Wolf 1829 PA- 1877 PA
- Johann Jonas Wolf 1739 PA – 1787 PA
- Jonas Wolf b 1794 PA
- John Frederick Wolf 1779 PA – 1872 PA
- John Franklin Wolf 1809 PA – 1883 OH
- William Wolf b 1824 PA – 1888 KS
History & Overview. According to the History Channel website:
One of the original 13 colonies, Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn as a haven for his fellow Quakers. Pennsylvania’s capital, Philadelphia, was the site of the first and second Continental Congresses in 1774 and 1775, the latter of which produced the Declaration of Independence, sparking the American Revolution. After the war, Pennsylvania became the second state, after Delaware, to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In the American Civil War (1861-1865), Pennsylvania was the site of the Battle of Gettysburg, in which Union General George Meade defeated Confederate General Robert E. Lee, bringing an end to the Confederacy’s Northern invasion, as well as Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address. Tourists are drawn to Pennsylvania by its monuments to America’s revolutionary history, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Famous Pennsylvanians include patriot and inventor Benjamin Franklin, frontiersman Daniel Boone, painter Mary Cassatt, inventor Robert Fulton and comedian Bill Cosby.
Websites for Pennsylvania research:
- Access Genealogy - Free Data & Links for Pennsylvania
- Adams County Historical Society
- Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
- Historical Society of Pennsylvania
- Lehigh County Historical Society
- Pennsylvania Facts & Trivia
- Pennsylvania Genealogy & History
- Pennsylvania Online Historical Newspapers
- The Pennsylvania State Archives
- York County Heritage Trust
- Cyndi’s List for Pennsylvania
- Bittinger, Lucy F. The Germans in Colonial Times. 1986 Reprint. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1901.
- Bowman, Diana L. The Pennsylvania Herald & York General Advertiser 1789 – 1793. Book 1. Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, 1996.
- Bowman, Diana L. The Pennsylvania Herald & York General Advertiser 1794 – 1798. Book 2. Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, 2009.
- Closson, Bob and Mary. Will Abstracts of Northampton County, PA 1752 – 1802. Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, 1982.
- Fisher, Charles A. Central Pennsylvania Marriages 1700 – 1896. Reprint. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2005.
- Hively, Neal Otto. Original Pennsylvania Land Record Series: Germany, Conewago, Union, Mount Joy, Mount Pleasant & Straban Townships. Volume 1. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: 2008.
- Hively, Neal Otto. Original Pennsylvania Land Record Series: Berwick, Oxford, Hamilton, Reading, Tyrone, Huntington and Latimore Townships. Volume 2. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: 2009.
- Hively, Neal Otto. Original Pennsylvania Land Record Series: Menallen, Butler, Franklin, Hamiltonban, Liberty, Highland and Freedom Townships. Volume 3. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: 2009.
- Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Briths, York County, 1730 – 1800. Washington, D. C.: Larjon & Company, Inc., 1998.
- Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, Lehigh County 1734 – 1800. Washington, D. C.: Humphrey Publications, 1992.
- Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, Bucks County, 1682 – 1800. Washington, D. C.: Humphrey Publications, 1993.
- Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Research: County and Township Records. Washington, D. C.: PA Genealogy Books, 2006.
- Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, Northampton County, 1733 – 1800. Washington, D. C.: 1991.
- Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Gravestones, Northampton County. Washington, D. C.: Larjon & Company, Inc., 2000.
- McFarland, K. T. H. Births, Marriages, and Deaths of Adams County, Pennsylvania 1853 – 1854. Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, 1999.
- Wright, F. Edward. Adams County Church Records of the 18th Century. Lewes, Delaware: Colonial Roots, 2003.
- Yoder, Don. Pennsylvania German Immigrants 1709 – 1786. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1980.
Read more about my Pennsylvania discoveries in ‘The Mark Family Story‘.