Access Archives: The Newsletter of the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Summer 2012

Volume 12, Summer 2012

MG-85 J. Horace McFarland lantern slide: strawberries
MG-85 J. Horace McFarland lantern slide: strawberries


 

A Message from State Archivist David Haury

State Archivist David Haury
State Archivist David Haury

Effective February 13 death certificates over fifty years old and birth certificates over one hundred five years old were transferred to the State Archives and opened to the public.  The Commonwealth has been recording births and deaths at the state level since 1906 in a program managed by the Division of Vital Records in the Department of Health.  For over a century access to this information was basically limited to immediate family members.  In December the passage of Senate Bill 361, which was introduced and supported by Senator Bob Robbins, ended this limitation.  This legislation represents the fulfillment of one of the major long term goals of the State Archives.   More importantly, it is a major advance for our constituents, especially those interested in family history and with ancestors in Pennsylvania.

An index to the 1906-1961 death certificates and 1906 birth certificates now open to the public is posted on the Department of Health web site.  Copies of certificates may be ordered from the Department of Health, or researchers may also order copies in the State Archives search room from 9 to 4 Wednesday through Friday.   In person demand has been so overwhelming that requests had to be limited to ten certificates per person per day.  Details regarding how to obtain access are available on the State Archives web site.

The State Archives intends to digitize and place the certificates online.  An expanded and searchable index will also be created.  With over seven million certificates already open, and several hundred thousand more added each year, this will be a major task.  Few details related to this undertaking have been worked out, but this project is a priority.  In the meantime, the Department of Health’s Division of Vital Records and the State Archives are pleased to fulfill the large and obviously pent up demand for this information and are very busy providing access and copying certificates.


Governor Corbett with Senator Robbins, genealogists, PHMC and Department of Health staff, signing Senate Bill 361

Archives Receives NHPRC Grant to Process Turnpike Records

Example of RG-29, Turnpike Commission records and current storage conditions
Example of RG-29, Turnpike Commission records and current storage conditions

The State Archives has received a $59,843 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to conduct detailed processing of its records relating to the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  The Turnpike was the first of its kind, a true American superhighway and working model for many other national and international transportation systems, notably the federal Interstate Highway system.  The Archives holds the original turnpike planning, construction, maintenance, and administrative records covering the years 1937-1999 for this national treasure as part of Record Group 29, the Records of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (580 cubic feet total).

The project will begin July 1, 2012, last one year, and be for detailed processing of special media within RG-29, specifically still camera negatives, photographic slides, motion picture films, microfilm, and engineering drawings.  The engineering drawings were literally made in the field during survey and construction, and the photographic media document the process for all sections of the road, including the original 1940 section (Carlisle to Irwin).  An archivist will be hired to perform this task, including the creation of electronic folder-level, and in some cases item-level, inventories. The project also involves re-appraisal, physical arrangement, and re-housing into acid-free materials to facilitate easier public access and ensure long-term preservation.  Existing series descriptions will be revised or modified.  The inventories and descriptions will be ultimately uploaded to the Archives web site.

All records processed in this manner will be available for use by the public and for programming well before the Turnpike's 75th Anniversary in 2015.  For additional information please contact Project Director Linda Ries at 717-787-3023 or lries@pa.gov

World War II Bonus Application Digitization

Example of a typical Bonus Application, showing dates of service and place of residence
Example of a typical Bonus Application, showing dates of service and place of residence

The Pennsylvania State Archives began a new phase of its ongoing partnership with Ancestry.com to digitize and index historically valuable documents from the Archives’ collections.  The latest initiative began in early March with the pick-up and transport of seventy cartons of World War II Veterans Compensation Applications (circa 1950) to Ancestry’s facility in Silver Spring, Maryland.   While in their custody, these records are meticulously scanned by trained professionals who adhere to high standards to ensure safe handling of the original records during image capture.  To date over 220 cartons of WWII service records have been scanned and returned to the State Archives.  After digitization is complete, Ancestry will utilize its vast pool of worldwide indexers to create an every name index of PA servicemen, their dependants, and their parents, from the images of the records.

The World War II Veterans Compensation collection consists of roughly 1.3 million records of Pennsylvania veterans who applied for the World War II bonus provided by the Act of June 1, 1947 (P.L. 565). Information contained on the applications includes the names, signatures, residences, birth dates, places of birth, sex and serial numbers of the individuals; the dates of domestic and foreign service rendered; the branches of the service enlisted in; the dates and places where the applicants entered and left active service; and the names and residences of the veteran's beneficiaries, living parents and dependents. A boon for genealogists, the records and indices will be available for the public and in the Archives search room through the Ancestry website sometime in 2013.   After this project is complete, the State Archives and Ancestry will turn their attention to imaging the Archives’ WWI service records.

NHPRC Basic Processing Grant Draws to a Close

Project archivists Amanda Ashour and Amy Noll
Project archivists Amanda Ashour and Amy Noll

The NHPRC portion of the State Archives Basic Processing Project ended on June 30, 2012.  The Archives received a $166,298 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to provide minimal processing for unprocessed government records among its holdings. The project began in September of 2010.  Amanda Ashour and Amy Noll, archivists hired for the project, completed their duties in April 2012.  During that time, they and other staff archivists have minimally processed 62 record groups (RGs) or over ninety percent of all “live” RGs, including the writing of over 1,181 series descriptions comprising over 11,000 cubic feet. Three RGs remain to be completed and the regular staff will continue doing so.  

As a side benefit, archivists have identified over 4,000 cubic feet of records that are duplicative or not pertinent to our collecting mission, and have been deaccessioned or weeded, saving much needed storage space in the Archives Tower.  For more information contact Linda Ries, Project Coordinator at lries@pa.gov

Civil War Muster Roll Conservation Completed

Interns Rachel Woodring and Sarah Camus encapsualte the final in-house muster roll
Interns Rachel Woodring and Sarah Camus encapsualte the final in-house muster roll

After seven years and approximately $1.2 million in funding, the Pennsylvania Civil War Muster Rolls Project ended in June 2012.  The project completed conservation work on over 2,500 mustering-out rolls for all regiments and emergency brigades raised in Pennsylvania during the Civil War. They are essential for the research of any given soldier, company, or regiment, for they list the status of each at the point of mustering-out of service.  The rolls are among the most popular records housed at the Pennsylvania State Archives, and had become badly soiled and torn over the last 150 years.  They were literally falling apart, and in the last century, well-intentioned staff used cellophane tape to repair them.  In this condition they could not be easily shown to patrons, or even photographed. 

In 2005, the State Archives was awarded a grant of $375,000 from the federal Save America’s Treasures Program that was joined by a $450,000 grant from the Pennsylvania General Assembly to clean, repair, deacidify and encapsulate the muster out rolls.  Over the years, the Keystone Preservation and Conservation Fund also supplied funds.  The conservation treatments were either performed by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia or at the State Archives.

Pennypacker Fellowship

Pennypacker Fellows Dr. Beth English, Lynne Calamia, Dr. Friederike Baer, Timothy Hemmis, and Deirdre Kelleher
Pennypacker Fellows Dr. Beth English, Lynne Calamia, Dr. Friederike Baer, Timothy Hemmis, and Deirdre Kelleher

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and Office of Commonwealth Libraries collaborated in January to revive the Scholars in Residence Program as the Pennypacker Fellowship. The program provides support for up to eight weeks of full-time research and study in rare books, manuscript and artifact collections maintained by the State Library and any Commission facility, including the Pennsylvania State Archives, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and twenty-five historic sites and museums around the state. 

The program is open to all who are conducting research in Pennsylvania history, including academic scholars, public sector professionals, independent scholars, graduate students, educators, writers, filmmakers, and others. Stipends are awarded at the rate of $400 per week up to a maximum of eight weeks. Please check the State Archives website for more information and watch for a 2013 application package.

Below is a list of the 2012 Pennypacker Fellows, including their institutional affiliation, residency period, primary places of study, and research topic.

-Dr. Friederike Baer, (Penn State Abington, Assistant Professor of History), German-Americans, Nativism, and the Tragedy of Paul Schoeppe, 1869-1872
May 7th – May 25th, State Library of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Archives.

-Lynne Calamia (Penn State Harrisburg, Graduate Student of American Studies), WPA in PA: The Little New Deal and Historic Preservation in the Keystone State
May 7th – June 15th, State Library of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bureau for Historic Preservation, and the Pennsylvania State Archives.

-Dr. Beth English (Princeton University, School of Public Affairs, Associate Research Scholar), To Repair, Remodel… Rehabilitate: Prison Policy in Practice at the Pennsylvania Industrial Reformatory
May 21st – June 15th: State Library of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Archives

-Timothy C. Hemmis (The University of Southern Mississippi, PhD Candidate), Trading Identities: National Identity, Loyalty, and Revolutionary America 1740-1816
May 7th – June 29th: Pennsylvania State Archives

-Deidre Kelleher (Temple University, Department of Anthropology, Graduate Student), Understanding Domestic, Immigrant Life in 19th Century Philadelphia through the Lens of Archaeology and Material Culture
May 1st – June 1st: State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Bureau for Historic Preservation

Final reports will be posted on the Past Scholars' website as they are received.

Meet the Summer Interns

Summer interns Sarah Camus, Rachel Tyrpin, Gabrielle Roark, and Rachel Woodring
Summer interns Sarah Camus, Rachel Tyrpin, Gabrielle Roark, and Rachel Woodring

The Archives is fortunate to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with students and volunteers throughout the Commonwealth. It is through their dedication and assistance that the Archives is able to persevere in its mission to preserve Pennsylvania's history.

If you are interested in a volunteer or internship opportunity, contact archivist Sharon Nelson at snelson@pa.gov or (717) 787-5953.

Four students are serving as volunteer interns this summer.

Sarah Camus will be a Senior at Kutztown University in the fall, and is studying Library Science Education K-12. Under archivist/mentor Sharon Nelson, Sarah has worked with the encapsulation of Civil War Muster Rolls, consolidation of Governor Ridge’s documents, inventorying Department of Public Welfare educational films, and Manuscript Group 427 Baldwin-Hamilton Company Records Mechanical Engineering Drawings Subseries I: Old Card Number Drawings [Small Flat-Filed Drawings, [ca. late 19th c. - 1941]] {#427m.37}.

Gabrielle Roark is a senior at Lock Haven University. She will graduate in May 2013 with a degree in History with a concentration in Public History. For the last two years, she has been a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, Zeta Nu chapter. Her favorite era of history is WWII.  During her internship at the Pennsylvania State Archives, she has assisted with Civil War Muster Roll encapsulation, worked with Department of Public Welfare educational films, and aided with paging. Her mentor is Sharon Nelson.

Rachel Tyrpin is a senior at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania majoring in History with a concentration in Public History. She has also completed a French B.A. minor. Rachel is very interested in museum work and has a passion for organization. At Shippensburg, she works in the on-campus Fashion Archives and Museum where she assists with record keeping and preparing exhibits. While at the Pennsylvania State Archives, Rachel has worked on the Civil War Muster Roll project as well as the Baldwin locomotive drawing directories. She also assisted with the Department of Public Welfare educational films inventory. Archivist Kurt Bell is her mentor.

Rachel Woodring is a rising senior at Susquehanna University. She studies Creative Writing with a minor in Political Science.  When not in the classroom, Rachel is active in her university chapters of College Democrats, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, and Susquehanna University Dance Corps. During her time at the Pennsylvania State Archives, Rachel worked on encapsulating Civil War Muster-Out Rolls, minimal processing series within the Turnpike records, and paging records for patrons.  Her mentor is Archivist Brett Reigh.

Penn and Plenty at the Archives: Farm Census Returns

In recognition of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's 2012 theme "The Land of Penn and Plenty: Bringing History to the Table” we highlight the Farm Census Returns, at the Pennsylvania State Archives. Click here for more information on the 2012 theme.

Students of agriculture, social historians and genealogists delight in the Farm Census Returns (series #1.12) held by the Pennsylvania State Archives in Record Group 1, Records of the Department of Agriculture.  Because no federal agricultural census material exists in manuscript form for the period 1890-1940 and because few states collected agricultural data in the early twentieth century, the 1924 and 1927 Pennsylvania farm censuses are particularly valuable in documenting agriculture in the United States just prior to the Great Depression.

Conducted as a statistical collection tool by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Division of Crop Reporting, these census records provide such data as the name of the occupant or person operating the farm and whether they owned, rented or managed the farm; number of males and females in the family; total acres of farm land; number of acres for winter wheat, rye, oats, corn (for grain and silage), buck wheat, potatoes, tobacco, tame hay, and alfalfa hay; number of bearing and nonbearing apple trees; number of bearing peach trees; number of animals including horses, mules, dairy cattle, other cattle, swine, sheep, and hens and pullets; number of bee hives; number of silos; amount of equipment such as tractors, trucks, and automobiles; whether the farm is equipped with a radio; and whether the farm is equipped with electricity supplies by either a individual plant or a central station. The 1927 census also recorded if the farm had running water in the kitchen, a furnace heating system, milking machines, gas engines and telephones.

Available for each farm in a particular municipality, this information enables a detailed look at the size and production of early-twentieth-century Pennsylvania farms.  It reveals the transition from animal power to mechanization, and it offers insight into rural communication.  For the genealogist, one can identify particular families by name and by size.  What was grandpa’s or great-grandpa’s farm like?  These censuses begin to answer that question.

Digital images of the original return sheets and compiled data of the 1927 census are available on the website of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

They can be accessed by county and municipality.  The website also includes useful maps showing the numbers of farms, their sizes, and the amounts of various types of crops and animals. 

Charter Day Recap

Selected scenes from Charter Day 2012 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. For larger/more images follow the link at the end of the article.
Selected scenes from Charter Day 2012 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. For larger/more images follow the link at the end of the article.

Charter Day 2012 was held Sunday, March 11, at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. This annual collaborative event continues to grow in popularity.  Attendance has consistently risen, from 812 in 2009 to 1,160 in 2012. The original Charter for Pennsylvania, given to William Penn by King Charles II of England, March 4, 1681, is the event highlight. The Charter is displayed for approximately ten days each March in celebration of Pennsylvania’s birthday, culminating in Charter Day.

Each year the Archives displays a “guest” document with the Charter. This year a 1754 John Harris letter describing his route from Harris’ Ferry (now Harrisburg), to the forks of the Ohio River, thematically coincided with the State Museum’s National Geographic map exhibit. Additionally, the Capital Area Genealogical Society provided a workshop entitled: "Where Do I Begin? Researching Your Genealogy and Family History;" the Victorian Dance Ensemble performed authentic dances and invited attendees to try on authentic Civil War era garb; William Penn expert and re-enactor Bill Kashatus discussed Penn’s life and legacy with attendees; Storyteller Pennsylvania Jack (Jack Graham) entertained patrons; John Harris re-enactor (The Reverend David Biser) discussed the Harris letter; and other re-enactors, including Benjamin Franklin, and re-enactors from the Civil War/Victorian and revolutionary eras were on hand. 2012 was the second year that the Pennsylvania winners of  National History Day were honored during Charter Day. 

Charter Day also fosters public interaction with other local historical records repositories and genealogical organizations. In 2012, representatives from Camp Curtin Historical Society, the Capital Area Genealogical Society, Friends of Midland Cemetery, the Harrisburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution,  Mechanicsburg Museum Association, Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society, the Pennsylvania State Archives, the Society of Mayflower Descendents, the State Library of Pennsylvania,  Susquehanna Trails Genealogy Club, and the York County Heritage Trust shared displays and expertise with attendees.

For more images of Charter Day visit the PA Trails of History 2012 Charter Day Flickr Page.

Archives Without Tears July 17-18 at Penn State Harrisburg

The Pennsylvania State Archives is pleased to announce its Summer 2012 Archives Without Tears (AWOT) Training workshop, July 17-18 at Penn State Harrisburg.

Archives Without Tears is an affordable workshop for those who work or volunteer in organizations that deal with the past—whether it’s a museum; private, non-profit, or college archives; the city clerk’s office; the library’s local history room; or a historic site. You’ll get practical advice, sample forms and policies, and learn basic practices so that you can collect, preserve, and assist researchers with the historical treasures in your care.

The workshop consists of two full days, with the first focusing primarily on basic archival practices. The second day will concentrate on disaster planning/preparedness and photographic media care. 

Click here for a downloadable/printable registration brochure.

In the Spring of 2012 Archives Without Tears was awarded a PA Museums (formerly Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations) Institutional Award of Merit.

Contact Josh Stahlman at: jostahlman@pa.gov, or 717-772-3257 with any questions, or if your organization would be interested in hosting a future AWOT workshop.

Save the Date

July 18-21: NAGARA/COSA Joint Meeting, Santa Fe, NM

August 6 – 11: SAA Annual Meeting, “Beyond Borders”, San Diego, CA

October 25-27: Fall meeting of MARAC, Richmond VA

November 1-3: Pennsylvania Historical Association, Annual Meeting, Penn State Harrisburg

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is hosting an ongoing series of workshops. For more information, please go to: Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts Program Calendar

Web Updates

Excerpt from a Lebanon County Connected Draft Map
Excerpt from a Lebanon County Connected Draft Map

Lebanon, Lycoming, and Wyoming counties have been added to the Connected Draft Maps Page. In addition to its collection of Warrantee Township Maps, the Pennsylvania State Archives holds connected drafts, worksheets for connected drafts, survey outlines, and various other maps that contain differing amounts of warrant, survey, and patent data. Most of the maps focus on a limited area of warrant tracts within a particular locality, unlike the warrantee township maps, which depict all tracts present within a particular township. The connected drafts have been arranged by the current county in which the tracts are located. More counties and maps will be added in the future. Please continue to check back for updates.

Many of the maps include a paragraph explaining where the lands depicted were located when they were initally surveyed. Where possible, the present-day township(s) have been noted, however, the researcher must determine the exact location of the tracts. Generally, municipal boundaries, watercourses, roads and other pertinent surface features were not noted, but they may appear on some of the maps. The Pennsylvania County Municipalities Map, the Pennsylvania Genealogical Map of the Counties, and the Pennsylvania Political Subdivisions Map may be of some assistance when trying to pin down exactly where these tracts lie in the present day.

New audio and transcripts have been added to the Pete Wambach Audio Interface, including one on Pennsylvania Pretzels. Wambach programs are rotated approximately every three months; please check back to both pages for continued updates.

Recent Acquisitions

Image of Pine Grove Furnace ruins circa 1936 from MG-23, the Arthur C. Bining Collection
Image of Pine Grove Furnace ruins circa 1936 from MG-23, the Arthur C. Bining Collection

On March 7, 2012, the Pennsylvania State Archives received a transfer from Pine Grove Furnace State Park of two Pine Grove Furnace Daybooks, dated February 15, 1787 – April 30, 1789, and May 1, 1791-March 30, 1793; and an Expense Ledger Book from 1787-1789.  The Pine Grove Furnace books were transferred to the Archives by the park manager of Pine Grove Furnace State Park.  They were found in the park manager's safe, at the park, in 2011. 

Pine Grove Furnace, located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, was built circa 1770 for smelting iron ore.  It ceased operations circa 1895.  These ledgers show that slaves were employed at the furnace in the late 1780’s to the early 1790’s. Of particular interest are entries made for “Negro Peter” and “Negro Ben,” both whose wages were paid out to “Thomas Thornburgh.”  Thornburgh was one of the co-proprietors of Pine Grove Furnace in the late eighteenth century.

“Negro Peter” is listed as working as a “filler.”  This job would have consisted of filling carts with ore, limestone and charcoal and transporting them to the blast furnace.

Other recent acquisitions include:

Selected Manuscript Group Additions, January—June 2012

MG-2 Business Records Collection (1 cu.ft.)
- Elizabeth Forge Iron Works Ledger, land tracts, account due summons, and associated pamphlets and booklets about Forges & Iron Works 1809-1878

MG-6 Diaries and Journals Collection
- John A. Magee, Civil War Diaries 1861-1864 (0.03 cu.ft.)

MG-8 Pennsylvania Collection
- Notes and original documents related to the publication - "A History of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania," written by Oscar Jewell Harvey 1770 – 1820 (0.5 cu.ft.)
- Pa. Assembly Minutes, Proprietor's Settled Account with Hannah Penn, Thomas Penn to Conrad Weiser letters, Wm.Meredith Letter on Whiskey Rebellion 1721-1794 (0.03 cu.ft.)
- Scrapbook of news clippings pertaining to Dr. George P. Donehoo and various historical topics, 1906-1923 (0.35 cu.ft.)

MG-60 Grand Army of the Republic Collection
- Attendance Register for GAR - Gowen Post #23, Pottsville, PA 1893-1924 (0.5 cu.ft.)

MG-160 Arthur H. James Papers
- Collection of photographs, documents, and motion picture film related to Governor Arthur James, his political campaigns, his political offices, and his family, 1920-1999 (2 cu.ft.)

MG-218 Photograph Collection
- Department of Forestry and Water photographs and others taken by Harry Hess, the father of Doris Culley. Harry Hess was the driver and personal stenographer of former Gov. Pinchot.1915-1936 (0.1 cu.ft.)

MG-284 Leroy Harlacher Papers (0.15 cu.ft.)
- Private Leroy Harlacher printed material 1918-1961

MG-493 Pennsylvania State Grange Records
- McKean County #1307 Mountain Grange minutes 1973-2006 7 vols., Greene County #2054 Aleppo Twp Grange song books, 1925, 2 vols. Various Tioga County grange hall photo copies, 3 Centre County and 3 Montgomery County grange hall photo copies (1 cu.ft.)

MG-523 Records of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association
- 1964-2010 records (23 cu.ft.)

Selected Record Group Additions, January—June 2012

 
RG-10 Governor’s Office
- PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Weed and Seed Program Files, 2003-2011,
(20 cu.ft.)

RG-11 Department of Health
- Birth Certificates, 1906, 50 cubic feet
- Death Certificates, 1906-1961 (1,905 cu.ft.)

RG-16 Department of Labor and Industry
- Pennsylvania Conservation Corps Records, 1975-2011, 8 cubic feet
- Industrial Board Meeting Minutes, 2006, 1 cubic foot
- Asbestos Advisory Council Meeting Minutes and Documents, 1996 (1 cu.ft.)

RG-30 Pennsylvania State Police
- Litigation Case Files, 1977-1982, 6.5 cubic feet

RG-37 Public Utility Commission
- Maps of Regulated Electric Utilities and Rural Electric Cooperatives, 1949-1980 (1,459 items)

RG-64 Office of the Lieutenant Governor
- Board Recommendations and Charters, 1967-2010 (11 cu.ft.)

RG-66 Department of Environmental Protection
- Examinations Relating to Bituminous Mine Officials, 1963-1998 (1 cu.ft.)
- Secretary's Signed Correspondence, 1995-2001, 2005 (1 cu.ft.)
- Secretary's Briefings, 2006 (8 cu.ft.)

RG-70 Attorney General
- Press Office Files, 1986-2000 (6.25 cu.ft)

Archivists on the Go

1/12: Jerry Ellis and Susan Hartman traveled to Huntingdon County to evaluate work completed by Itinerant Archivist Heather Heckman. This closed a very successful three year program providing assistance to county governments.

2/15: Jerry Ellis and Susan Hartman visited the Women’s Prison at Stat Correctional Institute (SCI), Muncy. This continues a program of visiting our historic correctional institutions to assist in identifying archival records.

2/29: Jonathan Stayer spoke to the Downtown York Rotary Club, York, PA about “Camp Security: A Revolutionary War Prison Camp in York County,” which included documents from the State Archives (150).

2/29: Jerry Ellis conducted a records management webinar for about 22 sites from the headquarters of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

3/22: Jonathan Stayer spoke to the Red Lion Area Historical Society, Red Lion, PA about “Camp Security: A Revolutionary War Prison Camp in York County,” which included documents from the State Archives (45).

4/14: Jerry Ellis conducted two presentations at the Susquehanna Valley Family History Conference - “Preparing my Visit to the Archives” (32) and “Preservation and Disaster Planning” (11).

4/14: Aaron McWilliams spoke about “Genealogical Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives” during the Susquehanna Valley Family History Conference, York, PA (26).

4/21: Aaron McWilliams gave a presentation entitled “Genealogical Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives” at a Family History Seminar sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Nanticoke, PA (60). 

4/21: Jonathan Stayer spoke about “Genealogical Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives” at the Lancaster Family History Conference, Lancaster, PA (55). 

5/5: Jonathan Stayer spoke to the Col. James Smith-Yorktown Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, York, PA about “Camp Security: A Revolutionary War Prison Camp in York County” (29). 

5/22: Aaron McWilliams discussed genealogy and the newly availalbe 1940s Census on WITF's Radio Smart Talk (click to hear the program).

*Numerals in parentheses indicate approximate number of people in attendance.

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