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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

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  • Anna Eva Boehm (1734 - 1822)
    Marriage to Martin Boehm: (5 Jun 1753 — Age: 18) Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA* Burial: (1822) Boehms Chapel Cemetery, Willow Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania** Updated from Ancestry Genealogy...
  • Pvt. John K. Jackson (USA) (1839 - 1918)
    Residence : 1860 - The Borough Of Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA Co. E, 1st PA reserves and mustered into service at West Chester, mustered out 6/13/1864 fought at Malvern Hill, Manassas, Bull...
  • Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/181101887/elwood-curtin-mateer
    PFC Charles Franklin Mateer (1914 - 1986)
    Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Oct 28 2021, 16:00:02 UTC * Residence : 1920 - Mount Joy, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States* Residence : 1930 - Mount Joy, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U...
  • John E. Loraw, (USA) (1843 - 1920)
    Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Jul 31 2022, 1:44:09 UTC * Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Jul 31 2022, 1:52:17 UTC
  • Dr. John Immel Kauffman (1769 - 1840)
    medicine at Mountville, PA for many years, but he moved to Ohio in his later years. ID-A46Son of Michael Kauffman died 1791 and Catherine aka Gertnaut Immel of Lancaster Co.. PA See Kauffman page 66.A ...

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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.

Links

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