Welcome to the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project. The purpose of the project is to make genealogy and historical material available to the researcher for free.
The 1st transcription project will be the Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, containing Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and Many of the Early Scotch-Irish and German Settlers. 1896. I hope to have the project completed by the mid 2001. The next project will be The History of Harrisburg and Dauphin County by Dr. George P. Donehoo. The third project is scheduled to be the Willow Grove Cemetery in Linglestown, PA.
In his Preparatory to Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, William H. Egle. M.D. said"There is no more exalted feature in the history of any locality than that which relates to the individual - whether he has pass from off the stage of a century ago, or whether we cross his path daily in the intercourse with or fellow-men. It is unfortunately true that while we may delight in the record of the lives of the former, and regret that there is not more known of what they were and what they accomplished in their day and generation, the almost cynical sneer comes as we glance over the meagre <sic> data which our fellow-citizens have gathered up to send down the paths of futurity as their legacy to the biography of the present. We wish it were otherwise, that just such a volume as the Publisher has in this instance essayed to give us would be as as thoroughly appreciated as the descendants of those herein named will in the days to come" . 204 years later, I wish to think that Dr. Egle would be ecstatic that his work was being made freely available to the very descendents he spoke about. If you want to help, please volunteer and transcribe some of the pages!
Thanks in advance, Robert L. Maley
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