Genealogy Resources


  • Heritage Quest – access through Online Databases at Census Records, Revolutionary War records, obituaries, and histories. You can save information to your computer or email it.
  • Family Search You can search Records or Catalog. You need a free account. Records searches all indexed collections. However, approximately 70% of FamilySearch collections are digitized but not yet indexed. Search the Catalog by Place (start with county of residence), open the Category that you are interested in for available collections (such as probate, naturalization, vital records), click on the collection you are interested in for the films. If there is a camera icon on the right, you can click on it and browse the digitized film. If you are logged in and the camera has a key above it, you need to view the collection at a Family History Center. There is one on King Street in Lancaster.
  • Steve This search engine makes it easy to search passenger lists from a variety of sources using minimal and flexible information. Also includes census ED finders and more.
  • FindaGrave – cemetery listings
  • Google Books Find family and local histories, record books, government reports and more.

Lancaster County

  • Lancaster – Search Collections or click on links to digitized newspapers or city directories.
  • Lancaster Archive – Click on the top menu item on the left, Genealogy Research: Historical Indexes, to view collections you can browse online including birth, death, marriage, and much more.
  • Lancaster Mennonite Historical – obits and cemetery listings, plus more if you are a member.



Other Resources

Family Tree magazine – For free genealogy forms and resources, visit

Manheim Historical Society – Collection includes Records from Zion Lutheran Church, 1771-1920; List of burials at Penryn Cemetery; Booklet – Hernley Graveyard, Rapho Twp; List of burials at Hernley Mennonite Church Cemetery; Book – Grave Undertakings, Penn Twp. by Martha Xakellis; Book – Cemetery Records of Lancaster County, vol. 4, incl. Penn and Rapho Twp., transcribed by Shirley Harmon; Notebook – Cemeteries, Graveyards and Burials of Manheim Borough and Rapho Twp. by Martha Xakellis; Booklet – The Gravestones of the Reformed Graveyard, Manheim, PA; List of burials at Fairview Cemetery, Manheim; and a few family genealogy books. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Like genealogy? Join our Facebook Group, Manheim Community Library Genealogy and Family History for ongoing discussions and live chats.