Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     The Cherokee County Genealogical Society (CCGS) will hold its spring seminar on April 6, 2019, at the public library, 207 East 6th Street, in Rusk, Texas. Cost of the seminar is $15.00, which includes a catered sandwich lunch. Featured speakers will be Gary Pinkerton of Houston, Billie Grunden of Jasper, and Nelta Nolen of Leesville, Louisiana. Their topics will be early trails and migrations into Texas, research in Louisiana, and online research in Mississippi and old newspapers. Pinkerton will also have copies of his recent book on Trammel’s Trace for sale, which he will autograph.

     For more details, get in touch with the society by regular mail at P. O. Box 1332, Jacksonville, Texas 75766-1332; e-mail; or telephone 1-903-586-0135. Further information is also available at

     Genealogists who are researching ancestors in the Keystone State know many of the area’s early settlers traced their roots back to Northern Ireland and German-speaking countries. Bringing their religions with them, the Scots-Irish founded Presbyterian churches while German-speaking groups established Lutheran and Reformed churches. These denominations furnish the data for F. Edward Wright’s book, EARLY CHURCH RECORDS OF DAUPHIN COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.

     Created in 1785, Dauphin County was formed from the northern townships of Lancaster County. Presbyterian churches were prominent in Derry, Hanover, and Paxtang. Established in the mid-1750s in Derry Township, Hill Lutheran was the only German church in the county for nearly a decade. In his introduction, Wright provides brief historical sketches of the churches included in the volume. He supplies such details as denomination, location, date erected, any name change, and sources of the information. Most entries also furnish names of some of the pastors. In addition, the author gives the titles of other publications on the subject for genealogists to peruse.

     Naturally, the bulk of the work pertains to various records maintained by the individual churches. Information consists of baptisms, marriages, and burials of Salem Church in Harrisburg; baptisms and burials of the Reformed Church in Hummelstown and St. Paul’s Lutheran; baptisms and communicants of Hoffman Reformed Church; baptisms, communicants, and burials of Lykens Valley Lower Church; and baptisms of Paxtang and Derry, Shoop’s Reformed, Wenrich Reformed, Zion’s (Klingers), Middleton, Fredericktown (Hummelstown), and Petterhoff’s (St. Peter’s) Lutheran & Reformed churches. Some recurring surnames in the data are ALLEMAN, BLESSING, BORDNER, BROSIUS, CASSEL, DEIBLER, EISENHOWER, ENDERLEIN, HARTER, LANG, MATTER, MCCLURE, MILLER, PAUL, POORMAN, SALADE, SIMPSON, WAGNER, WILSON, and WOLF.

     The 140-page soft-cover work has an introduction, a map of Dauphin County and its townships, a full-name index, and a bibliography of other books by the author. The publication may be purchased for $22.00. To the price of the book, buyers should add the cost of shipping charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $7.00 for one book and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume may be purchased by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express from Heritage Books, Inc., 5810 Ruatan Street, Berwyn Heights, Maryland 20740. For phone orders, call toll free 1-800-876-6103; fax 410-558-6574; e-mail; website

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