1 Reply Latest reply on May 13, 2021 9:20 AM by Shane Bell

    Information on my 5th Great Grandfather Ulirch Harnly

    John Harnly Wayfarer

      I have a 1903 booklet on the Harnly family which provides some information on my 5th Great Paternal Grandfather, Ulrich Harnly (*). It indicates that he left Germany Schweiz, or Switzerland, then a province of Germany, reached America Sept. 26, 1737. Settled in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania in 1759, two miles north of Manheim. Looking for any documentation that might support/add to this limited information.


      (*) Harnly is the current spelling but there could be multiple spellings - Harnley, Hernely, Hernley ... you get the idea.

        • Re: Information on my 5th Great Grandfather Ulirch Harnly
          Shane Bell Wayfarer

          Dear Mr. Harnly,


          Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!


          We suggest that you review NARA’s "Resources for Genealogists" page: https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/start-research/nara-resources , as well as the History Hub Blog titled Suggestions and Advice for Family History Researchers. Also, the FamilySearch Research wiki for United States Genealogy may be useful.


          Since the time period you're inquiring about is prior to the formation of the United States, many of the colonial records from the era are maintained by state governments rather than the federal government.  You might try contacting the county seat in Lancaster County, PA to inquire about pre-federal records from the area.  Additionally, the Pennsylvania State Archives may be of assistance: https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/Pages/default.aspx


          Best of luck with your research!


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