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Old York Road Genealogical Society

Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties, Pennsylvania


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About OYRGS--and the Old York Road

Map of Old York Road traversing Philadelphia, Montgomery County, and Bucks County in Pennsylvania

About OYRGS: The Old York Road Genealogical Society (OYRGS) was formed in 1978 and meets at the Abington Free Library.

About the Old York Road: The Old York Road runs from Philadelphia to New York. Originally an Indian trail, it played a part in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, when it was one of the main routes of the Underground Railroad. As shown in the map at right (available for purchase through the Old York Road Historical Society), Old York Road runs from Philadelphia (where it's known as Broad Street) to New Hope in Bucks County; many historic buildings sit on its sides, attesting to its importance.


Mission statement: The OYRGS was formed by Al Molitor with the goals:

  1. To provide an opportunity for area residents to enjoy together their mutual interest in genealogical research.
  2. To educate area residents through lectures, discussions, workshops, and field trips related to genealogy.
  3. To assist persons in the pursuit of their family genealogy.
  4. To disseminate and publish genealogical information.
  5. To generally promote the interest in family genealogy.

About our logo: Why a crane? Here's the answer: Someone centuries ago fancied that the lines of a blank genealogic chart resemble a crane's footprint: The lines fan out like toes as the number of individuals in each generation increases. The Old French words for a crane's foot is “pie de grue”; in English “pie de grue” soon became pedigree.

How to reach us: If you have any questions about the OYRGS, e-mail us.

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Local research: Our society can't extend the offer to do free research for those living outside the area, but some of our members are professional genealogists who may be able to help. If you're interested in hiring someone, e-mail us.


URL: http://www.oyrgs.org
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Mailing address: c/o Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001
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