Cumberland County Lookups

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County-wide References

Cumberland County Will Index, 1750-1776, is now on-line. Prepared by W. David Samuelson.
A fee is asked for a copy of the will. Source of wills is from information on LDS microfilms.

For more information go to SAMPUBCO

NOTE: Will abstracts for Will Books A-I are in the USGenWeb Archives. 4/01.

Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of the Nineteenth Congressional District, Pennsylvania , 1894 edited by Samuel T. Wiley, Esq.
Biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the district together with an introductory historical sketch.

Shirley Shope provided a list of included Cumberland, York, and Adams County citizens. Also a list of Necrophigal Biographies, thanks Shirley.

UNITED STATES DIRECT TAX OF 1798, , Tax Lists for Cumberland Co., PA., by Wilbur J. McElwain, 1994,
ISBN 0-7884-0118-1, publ: Heritage Books, Inc., 1540E Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie, MD 20716

Judy Thayer

Mother Cumberland, Tracing Your Ancestors in South-Central Pennsylvania Raymond M Bell, with maps by Paul J Connor.
Early history of Cumberland County, Military Units in the Revolution, indexes of names and places

Bill Doyle

Abstracts of Cumberland County Wills, 1750-1785;  F Edward Wright, 1992

Yolanda Lifter
A first name MUST be included.

Cumberland County, PA Church records of the 18th Century;
F Edward Wright, 1994

Cathie Hargreaves

Marriages and Deaths of Cumberland County, 1821-1830; F Edward Wright, 1991

Fred Kelso
A first name MUST be included. A list of included sources is now available

Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Marriages, 1761-1800; The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Special Publication No. 3.

Gene Smith

Alphabetical Listing of Heads of Households (with age and sex of all members of household) Included in the 1800 Federal Census of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; William C Lightner; South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, York, PA, Special Publication No. 29, Oct 1984

Gene Smith

Abstracts of South Central PA Newspapers 1785-1790;
F Edward Wright

Cathie Hargreaves or
Jo Ann Baxley

Abstracts of South Central PA Newspapers 1791-95;
F Edward Wright

Cathie Hargreaves or
Jo Ann Baxley

Abstracts of South Central PA Newspapers 1796-1800;
F Edward Wright

Cathie Hargreaves or
Jo Ann Baxley

Membership Directory, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. 1993 edition
This work includes the names of members, as well as names of their ancestors, and geographical listings.

Bill Doyle

Atlas of Cumberland County, Penna, 1858; Henry F Bridgens. 1987 CCHS Repro.
Includes location and ownership of most Cumberland County properties. Indexed.

Chuck Thompson,

Specific Location Reference

NEW A History of Mechanicsburg and the Surrounding Area , Norman D Keefer.

Most names are from the 1700's. A list of surnames is available, click here.

Gene SmithThanks for the list, Gene.

CUMBERLAND VALLEY CHRONICLES: A Bicentennial History , William H. Burkhart; 1976. The Shippensburg Historical Society, Shippensburg, PA.
Covers the Colonial and Revolutionary periods, has information about some of the old Cumberland Co cemeteries, and seems to cover the area until the late 1800's. There is an 1877 tax list of Shippensburg, an 1878 directory of Shippensburg, which seems to be the focus of this work.

Judy L Young Thayer. A listing of the burials in 11 cemeteries may be browsed by clicking here. Thanks to Jerry and Judy Thayer for compiling this list.

FIRST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Parish Registers, 1788-1923.
(Includes baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials. Available on FHL Microfilm 0823844. 600 pages.)

Robin is leaving the web for awhile and this great resource needs another volunteer. Anyone have the data and willing?

History of The First United Presbyterian Church, Newville, Pennsylvania, 1764-1978; compiled Georgia Rife, 1980.

Chuck Thompson

History of Big Springs Presbyterian Church, Newville, PA 1737-1898; Gilbert Swope, 1898

Chuck Thompson

Genealogical Data Abstracted from History of Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, Middle Spring, PA 1738-1900 by Wilber J. M'Elwain Published 1992, Heritage Books Inc.

Diana Miller

History of the Families of McKinney-Brady-Quigley;

Belle Swope, 1905


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