Port of Philadelphia, 1752


After 20 years of genealogical research in the South Central Pennsylvania region (viz., Lancaster, Berks, Lebanon, Dauphin, York, Cumberland, Adams, and Franklin counties)I have decided to make my research more public.

My late night passion is piecing together the families of the early settlers and then tracking them to the 1790 Federal Census. Ideally, I can also pinpoint their European origin. Presently, I am working along several creeks in Lancaster County (Mill Creek, Conestoga Creek, Cocalico Creek, and Muddy Creek--with corresponding branches).

I have several thousand pages of research and analysis to share--although it will take considerable time to prepare for web publishing. I have long intended to share my work via the printed press; however, I have decided that my work will never be done as I continuously await new online databases to update and improve my manuscripts.

Because I do this work out of love and not for profit, I have chosen to share it with you.

On this site, I have uploaded my master database (also available as "Central Pennsylvania Families" on Ancestry.com). Essentially, I merge all data that I find into the file. Please note that--as I have been building this database for 20 years--it does contain some of my early research (meaning: poor quality). I am currently working to improve the source citations.

Please understand that--while I intend to respond to any queries--I have a young family and it may take weeks for a response.

Best wishes in your research.
Ed Wevodau
March 2015

Feature Articles

feature 1 Emigrants from Germany villages to the American Colonies Please visit the Histories section of this website to peruse a series of files analyzing Eighteenth Century emigrants from various German villages to America. Current files exist for emigrants from Edenkoben, Lomersheim (Enzkreis), Reichelsheim im Odenwald, Leistadt (Kr. Bad Durkheim), Hochdorf bei Horb (Kr. Cawl), and Rimbach (Kr. Heppenheim).

feature 2 Emigrants from Graben in Baden-Wurttemberg to Pennsylvania The following link will take you to a living document on emigrants from Graben, Germany, to Pennsylvania. Thus far, I have focused only on those emigrants who arrived on Ship Edinburgh at Philadelphia on 13 Aug 1750. Information on other Graben emigrants may be found in my online database.

feature 3 Lancaster County Will Abstracts Please follow the link above to view my abstracts of early Lancaster wills. I am seeking collaborators to create new abstracts of Lancaster will books A through M. A note at the start of the file explains the proposed project.

feature 4 Closson Press I have 12 books of compiled early records available via Closson Press. If you find something of value on this website, I encourage you to purchase any book published by Closson Press compilers to support and encourage those persons who make early records available to the public.

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