Gerald Smith

2716 Westwind Lane
York, Pennsylvania 17474

Phone: 732-925-4627


Contact between 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm US Eastern


Certified Genealogist


General Topics
Pennsylvania Research
Land Records
Metes & Bound Land Platting
Connected Tract Map Construction


The Metes & Bound of Land Plats (lecture/workshop)
Using Land Plats to Solve Genealogy Problems (lecture)
Obituaries: From Humor to Horror
Bastards, Bridges & Bawdy Houses: Quarter Sessions Records in Genealogy Research
Who's on First: Warrants, Grants, & Patents Genealogy Myths
Effective Use of City Directories
U.S. Census: Population Schedule
Using the Census: US Population Schedules
Finding Landless Ancestors
Colonial Church Records
Probate Records
Law Overview for Genealogists
Early Pennsylvania Research
Researching Your Civil War Ancestor
Finding Immigrant Ancestors
The Genealogical Proof Standard
Citing Your Sources
American Law Overview for Genealogists
Using Colonial Church Records
Early American Handwriting and Printing
Finding Records for Immigrant Ancestors

Previous Engagements:

Faculty, Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University (Land Records).
Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania workshops (2012).
Historical Society of Pennsylvania (2012).
Genealogical Society of New Jersey annual meetings (2010 & 2011).
Regional conferences, including New England Regional Conference.
Workshops, including Monmouth County, NJ, and Bedford Co., PA.
New Jersey local societies, including Burlington County Historical Society, Central New Jersey Genealogical Society, Monmouth County Genealogy Society, Ocean County Genealogical Society, and the Morris Area Genealogy Society.
Pennsylvania local societies including Bucks County Genealogical Society, Blair County Genealogical Society and Pioneer Historical Society of Bedford County.
Academy of Lifelong Learning, University of Delaware (guest lecturer).
Public Library program presentations.


Full-time professional Certified Genealogist specializing in Pennsylvania research. Regular on-site research at the Pennsylvania Archives, State Library of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Law Library, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, military repositories (including David Library of the American Revolution), religious & denominational repositories, county courthouses, and various county and local historical and genealogical societies. Speaker and educator for local, regional, and national events. Faculty member at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Author of a number of books and journal articles. Expert in Proprietor and Commonwealth land records, mapping, and land placement. Southern border county research includes frequent on-site research at repositories in Annapolis, Baltimore, Maryland counties, West Virginia, and Virginia. He is the author of a number of books and journal articles.

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