Genealogy Records at Ephrata Cloister

The types of source documents that help family historians most often depend upon such factors as ethnicity, ge­ography, and time period. Even within an ethnic group, there can be great variety. Pennsylvania Germans constitute one such group. The large immigration to Pennsylvania of German­-speaking people in the late seventeenth century and throughout the eighteenth century was composed...
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Our Old Citizens (1888)

Rarely are so-called “genealogical records” created with genealogists in mind. Whether it’s the U.S. Census, church registers, newspaper reports, or courthouse wills and deeds, these “primary sources” are given a new use by genealogists. But even this “new use” by genealogists, which usually takes the form of seeking data about direct line ancestors, is...
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