Local History/Genealogy

RESOURCES AT LML                           MUSEUMS & SOCIETIES                      GENEALOGY ON THE WEB       

The Local History and Genealogy Center is an area in the library dedicated to its local historical materials and archives, and a convenient place for those doing family research.  Located in the alcove on the south side of the main room, the Center holds the Local History Reference collection as well as the addition of a large display case provided by the Lower Macungie Township Historical Society.  The area includes a file system for photographs and documents, as well as the ability for patrons to donate copies of family research they would like to share with other researchers.   The library continues to offer researchers the ability to search databases such as Ancestry.com (in library-use only) and Heritage Quest Online free of charge.  The library works closely with the Lower Macungie Township Historical Society to provide interesting displays of photographs and items that tell the story of our community.

Lower Macungie Library’s Local History resources are non-circulating.  They focus on the following geographic, historical, industrial and cultural areas:

  • The Township of Lower Macungie,
  • Macungie and surrounding areas;
  • The cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton;
  • Lehigh County and
  • the adjacent counties of Berks, Carbon, Monroe, Northampton, Bucks and Schuylkill ; and more generally, Eastern Pennsylvania.

The Library has a nice collection of Pennsylvania Railroad and train history and related industries that formed in eastern Pennsylvania along the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers. Also represented are specific local industries such as Air Products, Bethlehem Steel, and Mack Trucks.

Local Pennsylvania German / Pennsylvania Dutch culture is an important part of the region, and is represented in books and videos concerning the folklore, language, culture, and art items produced by the Pennsylvania Dutch, Moravian, Mennonite, and Amish of Pennsylvania.

We are a depository of genealogical records from local churches and cemeteries, and keep class yearbooks from neighborhood schools.

The library is looking for donated items of local interest, and well as local imprints (print materials of age that have been published locally) and newly published works that have some historical interest, especially those written by local authors. If you are interested in donating to the collection, please call the library at 610 966-6864 or click HERE to email us.

Lower Macungie Library also has books, DVD's and videos you may borrow to help you and your family conduct your own genealogical search. Here are a few of the titles in our collection:

Ancestors : Discovering your heritage [DVD 929.1 ANC]

Genealogy via the Internet : tracing your family roots quickly and easily by Ralph Roberts [929 ROB]

Through the eyes of your ancestors by Maureen A. Taylor [JUV 929.1 TAY]

Unpuzzling your past : a basic guide to genealogy by Emily Anne Croom [929.1 CRO]


Lehigh County
Alburtis-Lockridge Historical Society
Emmaus Historical Society 
Lehigh Valley Heritage Center (Allentown, PA)
Lower Macungie Township Historical Society 
Macungie Historical Society

Berks County
Berks County Genealogical Society (Reading, PA)
Berks Visitor's Historic Sites 
Historical Society of Berks County (Reading, PA) 
Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center (Kutztown, PA) 

Bucks County
Bucks County Historical Society 
Historic Bucks County 

Carbon County
Carbon County (PA) History and Genealogy Index Page 

Monroe County
Monroe County, PA 

Northampton County
Bethlehem Digital History Project 
Historic Bethlehem Partnership (Bethlehem, PA) 
Moravian Archives (Bethlehem, PA)
Moravian Historical Society (Nazareth, PA) 
National Canal Museum (Easton, PA) 
Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society 

Schuylkill County
Historical Society of Schuylkill County (Pottsville, PA) 
Online Resources

  Gale Genealogy Connect  "Getting Started" Collection  "With a unique collection of research guides called "Genealogy at a Glance," this group of 32 books lays a rock-solid foundation on which to build your family history. If you're a beginner to genealogy, start with the simplest book, William Dollarhide's Managing a Genealogical Project."

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) -  "The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science...The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others." --DPLA website.


Ancestry.com - Search for genealogy & historical records in stories & publications, as well as photos & maps (in-library use only).
Archive Library Information Center - Links to the 50 state archives and historical societies
Castle Garden - A still in progress database of 10 million immigrants arriving through the port of New York from 1820's to 1892 when Ellis Island opened.
Cemetery Records - US cemetery transcriptions listed by state.
CDC/National Center for Health Statistics/Where to Write for Vital Records – Free U.S. government  site with links for obtaining official copies of Vital Records (birth, marriage, divorce and death records) for the 50 states and all territories of the U.S.
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System - A searchable database of 6.3 million names of Civil War Union and Confederate servicemen with basic service data and links to regimental histories and battles.
Cyndislist - Great genealogist who has over 175,750 links to other genealogy websites indexed on her website.
Ellis Island Records - All records from 1892-1924 including name of person, age, place of origin and name of the ship.
Family Search - The LDS Church (Mormon) site has some of their records, including the International Genealogical Index (IDI).
Family Tree Search - Millions of records including state records and Native American records.
Genealogy.com- A competitor to Ancestry.com includes the only wholly indexed 1900 US Census.
HeritageQuest Online LibGuide - Provided by ProQuest, this page provides training and instructional materials/videos on how to successfully search the HeritageQuest database.
JewishGen - an affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, this website "...offers thousands of databases, research tools and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research and find family members" --JewishGen website.
National Archives and Records Administration - US military records dating from the American Revolution and more than 85 million historical records including maps, photos, and more than 9 million WWII enlistment files.
PA-Roots - Genealogy research resources available on the internet for Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region.
Pennsylvania State Archives - Online files of PA veterans from the American Revolution to the Spanish American War and WWI medal applications.
Pennsylvania State Vital Records - Government site for obtaining copies of official birth, marriage, divorce and death records.
U.S. Gen Web - Site for researching state and county histories, boundary changes, and pioneer settlers in each state and county.
World Gen Web - An international counterpart of US Gen Web to search regional, country and ethinic sites around the world.


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