Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, USA, the Keystone State
2nd State; Statehood 1787; Capital City, Harrisburg

Some family names associated with Pennsylvania:

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:

Books for Pennsylvania research:
  • 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‘.

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