Mother Cumberland, Tracing Your Ancestors In South-Central Pennsylvania

Mother Cumberland, Tracing Your Ancestors In South-Central Pennsylvania

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Mother Cumberland, Tracing Your Ancestors in South-Central Pennsylvania; By Raymond M. Bell; Maps by Paul J. Connor; Fourth Printing with Corrections 2003; 72 pp; Soft Cover, 7x10 in.; Indexed; ISBN: 0945231016; Item #PA039.


This book is a genealogical guide to 10 Pennsylvania counties: Bedford, Blair, Centre, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, and Perry. If you are one of many the Americans searching for family connections in the 10 counties of south-central Pennsylvania, this guidebook will be a valuable reference for understanding the history of the area and locating the records that can help you document your ancestors' presence there.

Before and after the American Revolution, pioneers of English, Irish, Scotch-Irish, German, and other ethnic stocks passed through Mother Cumberland in large numbers on their way to Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and other regions. With the aid of this book, you can identify their migration routes and find out more about the settlements these pioneers created on the western frontier. Dr. Bell, a specialist on early Pennsylvania history, has spent much of his career compiling information for this book, the only such genealogical guide in print.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 – Early History of Cumberland County
  • Chapter 2 – Presbyterian Congregations
  • Chapter 3 – Military Units in the Revolution
  • Chapter 4 – Tracing Your Ancestors
  • Chapter 5 – The Townships of Mother Cumberland
  • Chapter 6 – Writing the Genesis of Mifflin County
  • Appendix 1 – The Published Archive of Pennsylvania
  • Appendix 2 – Places to Contact in Mother Cumberland
  • Appendix 3 – Cumberland County Tax Lists
  • Appendix 4 – The Armstrong Map
  • Appendix 5 – Bibliography
  • Index 1 – Index of Surnames
  • Index 2 – Index of Places
  • Map 1 – Pennsylvania Counties in 1770
  • Map 2 – Indian Purchases
  • Map 3 – Main Valleys & Forts
  • Map 4 – Presbyterian Congregations
  • Map 5 – Militia Districts
  • Map 6 – Township Maps 1750-1800
  • Map 7 – Armstrong Map