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Trinity Lutheran Church Records, Vol. 5 (Burial Records)

Trinity Lutheran Church Records, Vol. 5 (Burial Records)

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Lancaster, PA, Volume 5 Burial Records is the fifth book in the TrinityLutheran Church Records (the abbreviated title). Since most people refer to the set as Trinity Lutheran Church Records, for ease in finding, the product title has been changed to keep it consistent.

by Joan Kahler, Archivist, Debra D. Smith and Pastor Frederick S. Weiser

Reviewed by Dr. Charles H. Glatfelter, an eminent scholar of Pennsylvania German history who is best known for his definitive work Pastors and People: German Lutheran and Reformed churches in the Pennsylvania Field, 1717-1793 (The Pennsylvania German Society, Breinigsville, Pennsylvania, 1980).

Volume 5 includes a history of Trinity’s cemeteries and all the burial records from the church registers for the years 1744-1900. In addition, every known source available to help fill out the records of those who died and/or were buried from Trinity is included. The title is different than the first 4 books of the series, but it is in fact Trinity Lutheran Church Records, Vol. 5.

Photographs of 36 gravestones imbedded in the Memorial Wall outside the east wall of the church edifice and 98 legible stones, part of a total of 181 stored in a barn at the Pennsylvania Farm Museum [Landis Valley Farm Museum], are included along with transcriptions of the legible stones.

A catalog of the old cemetery adjacent to the church edifice, done by George W. Leonard, Archivist [1949], allowed for charting a reasonable facsimile of the cemetery layout for those stones that still existed prior to cemetery’s dismantling. The chart is included in this volume along with other relevant primary sources.

A short history of each of the cemeteries throughout the county where some of the burials from Trinity took place, addresses of genealogical and historical societies where further family search could be relevant, a list of primary and secondary sources that can be used for further Lancaster County ancestral research and a short appendix on tombstone art make this volume more than just a list of names and dates.

Over 6,500 interments with the deceased’s age and in many cases cause of death, place of burial and occasionally anecdotes make this book a must for someone researching this area.

Every Name Index.

2011, 8.5x11, Softbound, 452 pages.

ISBN 9781558565361

Price: $39.95

SKU: CP-613

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