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If you're visiting Harrisburg the weekend of November 18th, you may want to check out the PHMC deaccession auction at Cordier Auctions. These are items the commission feels do not impact the preservation of state history - but might be quite valuable to your family history. See the complete list of auction items here: http://www.cordierauction.com/sites/default/files/auction_flyer/Complete%20List%20of%20PHMC%20Items%20to%20be%20Sold.pdf

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This #HispanicHeritageMonth (2017), the managing editor of "47th Pennsylvania Volunteers: One Civil War Regiment's Story" has added a new section to the project's website: "#Immigration and Immigrant Soldiers." Learn more about the immigrants from Cuba, Spain's Canary Islands, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, and Wales who fought with the 47th Pennsylvania during the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865).

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I've searched for tombstones in this vast, amazing cemetery. Its preservation is not only needed, but required if we are to save this critical piece of African American history.

I am looking for information about the Hespenheide family of Pittsburgh

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Lancaster Amish on front page of NYT!

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Ever come across a blank tombstone in a Pennsylvania cemetery? This fascinating article explains why.

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Looking for RCC records for Scranton...? Good news!

Excerpt from the article:

*"Researching of births, deaths, marriages and other data from churches in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton has taken a huge step forward, thanks to a partnership between the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and the diocese.

The society has reached the 200-church mark of its project to scan all the church records going back to the earliest days of the individual churches. No longer will it be necessary for a researcher to visit or contact the individual churches for pre-1948 information or even wonder whether the church has been absorbed by another church.

Instead, a genealogist can visit the society’s research library in Hanover Township and view the comprehensive list of churches (both active and inactive) and the records on site.

There are two limitations. To protect privacy, the society is not putting the records online and is blocking the viewing of records of the past 70 years (currently since 1948). All the viewing has to be done in the research library. Of course, the 70-year marker is moved forward every year, making an additional year’s records available. For those off-limits records, a researcher would still have to contact the churches."*

https://timesleader.com/features/670763/out-on-a-limb-genealogical-society-consolidates-local-church-records
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