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Background Family History Posts associated with the talk “Private Burial Grounds, Discovering Their Stories;” at Meeting Hall of the York County Heritage Trust on Sunday February 3rd at 2:15PM

Platted Property Deeds for Michael Dosch and His Neighbors During the Late 1700s; plotted on a 1953 Topographic Map of Lower Windsor Township (Platting and Addition of Road Names by S. H. Smith, 2012)

I will be presenting a talk entitled “Private Burial Grounds, Discovering Their Stories,” at the monthly meeting of the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.  This meeting will be held in the Meeting Hall of the York County Heritage Trust, at 250 East Market Street, York, Pennsylvania on Sunday February 3rd.  The business portion of the meeting begins at 2:15 PM and the program begins at about 2:30 PM.

South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Meetings are free and open to the public.  Winter meetings are canceled if roads are snow covered or icy, or if there is that possibility by the conclusion of the meeting.  Continue reading for links to quick background family history posts associated with my talk:


Michael’s acreage that is contiguous with his homestead property is shown through the middle of the map at the beginning of this post.  Neighboring landowners who figured significantly in the family history of Michael Dosch, the originator of the Dosch Burial Grounds, surround his 552 contiguous acres.  These neighbors include families surnamed Gilbert, Shenberger, Ruby, Kline, Rathfon and Dritt.  To draw the map, I platted property deeds for Michael Dosch and his neighbors during the late 1700s; then plotted the deeds on a 1953 Topographic Map onto which I added road names.

South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. (SCPGS) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization of genealogists.  As genealogists, we study our ancestry and family history, and are interested in preserving our family heritage for future generations.  This talk provides tips on locating and visiting private burial grounds in York County, however much of the talk focuses on a case study of the Dosch Burial Grounds in Lower Windsor Township.

Following my talk last October at the Lower Windsor Area Historical Society that focused solely on the Dosch Burial Grounds, several people asked for previews to the genealogy details on several of the families noted in my talk.  These inquiries resulted in the following posts:

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