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Welcome to Dauphin County Pennsylvania History and Genealogy, part of the Pennsylvania Trails and Genealogy Trails Project.  My name is Nancy Piper and our goal is to have available on line free of charge, all available information pertaining to the history of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  

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NOTE**  I do not live in Pennsylvania so personal research is not possible.  
The only data available is what I have online.


June 2014:

Obits: Robert B. Wilkins, William Shannon, Edmond F. Cryder, Jacob Etzler, Peter Wolford

Marriage Notice: M'Clure-Dickson

March 2014: Bio: SWAB, Daniel Cooper - Transcribed by Kim Mohler; Obits:
Rev. Jacob Hershey, Simon Kintzer, Mrs. Elizabeth Bower; Death Records: CARMEN E. ZEIGLER RENN - Contributed by Jacque McDonnell; Misc. News: Jacob Keefer's Big Potato (1877), Capt. David Hummel Stricken by Paralysis (1886), H. Wells Appointed Sheriff (1892), Orvie Green Finds Postage Stamps in Hollow Tree (1892), Mrs. Susan Hensel Wins Life Insurance Suit (1895), Myers Sues Crum For Bringing Smallpox into Home (1901), Sarah Henshaw Gets New Nose (1910), Farmer's Produce Charter Approved (1911), Berks and Dauphin Turnpike Purchased by Highway Department (1917), Biggest Tree in Pennsylvania Discovered on John Early Farm (1920); Accidents: Emerick and Refine Instantly Killed in Rail Accident, Farling Killed in Farm Accident (1916), W. S. Swope Killed in Car Accident - Others Injured (1917) Two Killed 15 Hurt When Car Hits Sleigh (names listed) (1918); Crimes: Phoebe Troutman Arrested for Theft (1872), Chauncey Arnold Arrested for Robberies (1894), Mrs. James Kugle Foils Burglar (1894), Katie Lyter Attacked with Axe (1902), Strikers Cause Riot (1916); Disasters: Cyrus Snyder's Grist Mill Destroyed by Fire (1870), Douden & Richards Factory Destroyed by Fire (1871), D. W. Chandler's Mill Destroyed by Fire (1892), Mrs. Jeremiah Gingrich Loses Livestock and Barn in Fire (1910); Weather: 1891 Snow Storm; Marriage Announcements: Swonger-Fackler, Ebersole-Keller, Lauver-Hawk, Brehm-Hanmaker, Schaftner-Swords, Shoop-Hartz, Sellers-Skelton, Miller-Miller, Myers-Jones
December 2013: News: Crimes: Rioters Arrested for Harrisburg Outrage (1838), Frank Smith Killed Attempting to Rob Store (1892), Attack of Agnes Cooper Wright - Conviction of Benjamin Tennis for Crime (1893), Joseph Hollinger Executed for Wife's Murder (1899)
Fahnestock's Barn Destroyed by Fire (1881), Ulrich Button Factory Destroyed by Fire (1883), Harrisburg in Danger of Water Famine - Forest Fires Raging in Mountains - Hummelstown Partially Destroyed by Fire (1892); Obits & Death Notices: George Bower, Jacob Miley, John Thomas
September 2013:Misc News:
Harrisburg and Lancaster Railroad Opened from Middletown (1837), Robert William Alexander Missing - age 13 (1869), Mrs. Garman Defends Self Against Would-be Thief (1878), Thomas Pottiger Looking for Wife (1878) Accidents: Mrs. Landis Seriously Injured in Accident (1858), Martin L. Nissley Killed by Fall (1883), James G. Boate and Wm. D. Wolfinger Severely Injured in Fall (1883), Mrs. Christian McNeel Breaks Neck (1883), M. J. Beard and Wife Overcome by Coal Gas (1887), Walker, Oches and Myers Killed in Train Wreck (1891), John H. Balsbaugh and Wife Killed by Gas (1895), Floyd Stewart, Hugh Travers and others Injured in Train Accident (1898), Bertha Brinser Escaped Death From Fall from Train (1906), Jacob Gehring Caught in Balloon Rope - Dragged in Air Upside Down (1906), Canova Adley Attacked by Bear (1910), Ruth Drawbaugh Killed in Fall (1911), Castle Family Killed by Train (1915), Castle Family Deaths Ruled Fault of Railroad (1915) Crimes: Emanuel Shaffner Accused of Murdering Wife (1871), Henry Wharf Burnt by Acid (1878), W. G. Erb Store Robbed (1882)
June 2013: BIOGRAPHIES: Alexander Renick - Transcribed by Carla Mascara; Obit: James Patrick; NEWSPAPERS - Accidents: 1829 Stage Accident - Passengers Injured
May 2013: Pennsylvania Civil War History - Three Year Volunteer Enlishment Records - Transcribed by Tammy Clark

Dauphin County Information













Harrisburg Pa. from Fort Harlington - 1906.

County History





Census Records and Tax Lists


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Township History

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East Hanover Township

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Lower Paxton Township

Lower Swatara Township

Middle Paxton Township

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Reed Township

South Hanover Township

Susquehanna Township

Swatara Township

Upper Paxton Township

Washington Township

Wayne Township

West Hanover Township

Wiconisco Township

Williams Township

Lower Paxton Township

Family Histories

These are family histories, webpages and stories for families originating in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania


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Northumberland County

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Perry County

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