Saturday, November 22, 2008

Research Sources - Encyclopedias

21. Gresham, John M., Samuel T. Wiley, and Heritage Society of Pennsylvania. Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Fayette County, Pennsylvania: With New Index Laughlintown, Pa: Southwest Pennsylvania Genealogical Services, original 1889, reprint with new index 1986.

Biographical sketches of prominent citizens by townships. Family genealogies, portraits. Also includes portraits of bios of the US Presidents from George Washington to Benjamin Harrison.

22. The Mennonite Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Work on the Anabaptist-Mennonite Movement. Edited by Cornelius Krahn, Melvin Gingerich and Orlando Harms. Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Brethren Publishing House, 1969.

This encyclopedia covers the history, theology, and ethics of the Anabaptist-Mennonites. It covers some of the family histories of the more significant people and larger families. Pennsylvania had a large concentration of Mennonite and Amish settlers so this is a good source of information for those researching this topic.

23. Jordan, John W. Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1914.

This 32 volume set contains biographical information on representative Pennsylvanians, some photos and portraits, coats of arms, family genealogies. It has a good all name index at the back of the book. 32 volumes allow great coverage of a large number of people and families.

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