Are you just beginning your genealogy research? Are you wondering where to start?
Begin by documenting your generation and then work backwards to your parents,
grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on. Remember to cite the sources of your
information and use as many primary sources as possible. For example, birth and/or
baptismal records are considered primary sources for information such as birth dates
and places (however, death certificates are not considered primary sources for birth dates
and places) while death certificates and obituaries may be considered primary sources for
information such as death dates, places, and burials. Other sources of information include
the federal census, military records (i.e. draft registrations, enlistments, etc.)church
records,naturalization records, and passenger lists. And don’t forget to talk to your parents
and grandparents about their experiences when they were young and their memories of
their own parents and grandparents. This information can be documented via taped
interview or written record.
The Historical Room
The library houses an exceptional collection of local and Pennsylvania German materials for
use within the facility. This is a non-circulating collection. However, photocopies may be
made if the condition of the original material allows.
Try these free resources to start (or continue) your research; while most of these databases
are searchable, some are not indexed and must be browsed to find specific records.
These websites, including maps, photographs, and cemeteries, may provide
further assistance in research.
These digitized booklets, most of which are papers that were read before the
Lebanon County Historical Society, can be read online or downloaded and saved to the device
of your choice. The year in parentheses after the booklet title reflects the year of publication.