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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

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  • Andrew J Lease (1744 - 1816)
    Reference: Ancestry Genealogy - SmartCopy : Jul 4 2018, 16:19:20 UTC
  • Pvt. Israel Weidler Bard, (USA) (1827 - 1894)
    Erie County Pennsylvania Biographies 1884 Israel W. Bard, farmer, P.O. Fairview, was born in Lancaster County, May 20, 1827, son of John and Elizabeth (Weidler) Bard. The latter was a daughter of Samu...
  • Pvt. William Weidler Bard, (USA) (1824 - 1895)
    William is the first born son of John and Elizabeth Weidler Bard. William was drafted into the Army, 28 March 1863. He served in the 98th Pa. Vol, Company B as a Pvt and the 169th Pa, Inf. His draft re...
  • Anna Catherine Voltz (1730 - 1790)
    Reference: Ancestry Genealogy - SmartCopy : May 19 2018, 20:23:41 UTC
  • Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/196798885/susan-elizabeth-hummel
    Pvt. Christian Hummel, (USA) (1825 - 1897)
    He married Catherine Fisher and fathered Henry (b. @1846), Susanna Elizabeth (b. 01/09/47), Sarah Ann (b. @1849 - death certificate claims an 07/28/49 birth but she is 7/12 year old old in the 1850 cen...

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Overview

The County of Lancaster is a popular tourist destination, with its Amish community a major attraction. Contrary to popular belief, the word "Dutch" in "Pennsylvania Dutch" is not a mistranslation, but rather a corruption of the Pennsylvania German endonym Deitsch, which means "Pennsylvania Dutch / German" or "German". Ultimately, the terms Deitsch, Dutch, Diets and Deutsch are all cognates of the Proto-Germanic word *þiudiskaz meaning "popular" or "of the people". The continued use of "Dutch" instead of "German" was strengthened by the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 19th century as a way of distinguishing themselves from later (post 1830) waves of German immigrants to the United States, with the Pennsylvania Dutch referring to themselves as Deitsche and to Germans as Deitschlenner (literally "Germany-ers", compare Deutschland-er) whom they saw as a related but distinct group.

The ancestors of the Amish began to immigrate to colonial Pennsylvania in the early 18th century to take advantage of the religious freedom offered by William Penn. They were also attracted by the area's rich soil and mild climate. Also attracted to promises of religious freedom, French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution settled this area in 1710. There were also significant numbers of English, Welsh and Ulster Scots (also known as the Scotch-Irish in the colonies).

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Boroughs

  • Adamstown (part)
  • Akron
  • Christiana
  • Columbia
  • Denver
  • East Petersburg
  • Elizabethtown
  • Ephrata
  • Lancaster (County Seat)
  • Lititz
  • Manheim
  • Marietta
  • Millersville
  • Mount Joy
  • Mountville
  • New Holland
  • Quarryville
  • Strasburg
  • Terre Hill

List of Townships

There are 129 other communities in Lancaster County that are not listed here. Please see Wikipedia for a complete list.

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