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The Hauck Research Archives

The Hauck Research Archives is a non-circulating repository for Lebanon County history and genealogy. Archivist & Librarian Dr. Adam Bentz and knowledgeable volunteers are available to assist with brief informational requests. They can also provide more extensive research assistance on genealogy and local history; please use our our Research Request Form.

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The Hauck Research Archives is named in honor of Mrs. Sarah Embich Hauck (1842 – 1934), who so graciously provided posthumously our Historical Society with its first wholly-owned facility at Sixth and Walnut Streets.

Resources

  • Church histories, records, and cemetery surveys
  • Federal census records
  • Newspapers and publications on microfilm
  • Historical maps and city business directories
  • County marriage records on microfilm from 1886 through 1949
  • Several hundred compiled family histories
  • High school yearbooks
  • Historical publications from the surrounding counties
  • A library of Pennsylvania history books
  • A variety of manuscripts, documents, photographs, and postcards

Frequently Asked Questions

The Lebanon County Historical Society is able to offer research services for a prepaid fee. Our professional staff and skilled volunteers will conduct thorough research utilizing our library, genealogical and archival collections to best satisfy your inquiry. Each request will be responded to and reviewed by our staff prior to being finalized. LCHS cannot guarantee successful results but will document all sources consulted and, if applicable, direct you toward other sources and repositories that may further assist your research. We endeavor to complete research as quickly as possible, but due to the volume of requests and limited staff time, requests may take up to 8 to 12 weeks to process and conclude.

Fill out the Research Request Form. Please be specific in providing the information to assist the research. Family history inquiries should include (when possible) names, dates, locations, religious affiliations, and the resources you have previously consulted. Mail the completed form with your payment. Requests submitted without payment will not be answered.

All research is conducted on an hourly rate. The hourly fee will include up to 20 photocopies, but no more than 10 copies per source (books, folders, etc.). Most requests require a minimum of 2 hours of research time to complete. Our staff will address your inquiry and suggest additional research hours if necessary.

Questions regarding Research by Mail: Please email archive@lchsociety.org.

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If you are interested in tracking the history of a certain property, we strongly urge you to start by tracing back your deed in the Lebanon County Recorder of Deeds office: http://www.lebcounty.org/depts/Recorder_of_Deeds/Pages/default.aspx

A comprehensive history of homes in Lebanon County does not exist, nor do we have a comprehensive collection of photos on all homes. However, photos of houses and buildings that belonged to prominent individuals or that housed prominent businesses can often be found. We also have a comprehensive collection of Lebanon City cross-reference directories that will often include the names of owners or tenants (not all outlying areas are covered in these books). We provide access to Newspapers.com, which sometimes can provide quick answers on ownership and building history.

LCHS volunteers can conduct in-depth land/property research for a minimum of ten (10) research hours per request (paid in advance) and additional hours will be billed as necessary.

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Staff or volunteers are always on duty to assist with genealogy research. The following genealogy websites may also be helpful for local research. The links are provided as a public service. The Society makes no claim to the validity of the information they contain, nor should inclusion on this list be interpreted as an endorsement by the Society. The GenWeb sites contain a variety of data submitted by users, as well as instructional documents and links to related sites. The largest collection of user-submitted genealogy data is RootsWeb’s World Connect Project, so you might want to jump-start your research with their Global Search tool.

Lebanon County Genealogy

Pennsylvania Genealogy

Family Genealogies

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All researchers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the library. However, they are admitted for free.

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No digital or film cameras may be used in the library.

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The Hauck Research Archives is not a lending library. The Historical Society does offer some books for sale in person or by mail. See the Publications page to see a list of LCHS publications. See the Gift Shop page for a partial list of other books of local interest. The Society also offers a unique collection of used, de-accessioned historic books and yearbooks for purchase.

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Sites of Local Interest

Our Friends and Neighbors

Local Genealogy

The following genealogy websites may be helpful for local research. The links are provided as a public service. The Society makes no claim to the validity of the information they contain, nor should inclusion on this list be interpreted as an endorsement by the Society. The GenWeb sites contain a variey of data submitted by users, as well as instructional documents and links to related sites. The largest collection of user-submitted genealogy data is RootsWeb’s World Connect Project, so you might want to jump-start your research with their Global Search tool.

Lebanon County Genealogy

Pennsylvania Genealogy

Family Genealogies

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Research Hours

Tuesday 10am-5pm
Wednesday 10am-5pm
Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

Hours of operation are subject to change. Unfortunately, we cannot admit new researchers less than 60 minutes before closing.

Related Fees

Research Requests: $25/h, Members $20/h

Floor Research: $6/day, College Students $3/day, Members Free

Copies (10-page limit per book, article, or folder): $.50 each
Microfilm Copies: $.50 each

Scans, low res 100 dpi, 5-page limit per item: $5 each
Scans, high res 300 dpi, 5-page limit per item: $20 each

Recent Acquisitions

The Hauck Memorial Archives is proud to announce the re-acquisition of Manuscript Group 182 from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). Since 1967, the State Archives has cared for MG-182 as a long-term loan from the LCHS. In fall 2016, the LCHS Board of Trustees decided that this valuable collection (207 cubic feet, most of which pertains to the Coleman family and related enterprises) of business records and personal correspondence should be brought home, a project completed in April 2017. The LCHS is currently reviewing the collection and has prepared a new searchable finding aid, available in PDF. We ask that anyone seeking access to various parts of this collection contact the archivist (archive@lchsociety.org) no later than one full week in advance of your arrival. Given the size of the collection, we cannot pull items on demand.

Donations

We appreciate donations in any amount. The Lebanon County Historical Society Incorporated is registered as a charitable organization with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania, 800-732-0999.

Monetary Donations: visit our Donation Page
Artifacts (clothing, tools, etc.): email office@lchsociety.org
Archives (paper and pictures): email archive@lchsociety.org