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Dauphin County

Dauphin County was created on March 4, 1785. It was named after the Dauphin, the title held by the eldest son of the French king. The county was carved from Lancaster County. John Harris was the founder of the county seat and current capital of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. Chester, Philadelphia, and Lancaster have previously served as the state capital. Harrisburg was incorporated as a borough on April 13, 1791, and chartered as a city on March 19, 1860.

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Pennsylvania Births, Dauphin County, 1757-1825

Early Church Records Of Dauphin County, Pa.

Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Pa.

Harrisburg (PA) (Images of America)

Harrisburg (Postcard History)

Hershey (Images of America)

Greater Harrisburg's Jewish Community (Images of America)

Hershey (Images of America)

Middletown Borough (Images of America)

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Township Map of Dauphin County, Pa.

Map of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries is taken from US Census website and modified by Ruhrfisch in April 2006.

Other Useful Dauphin Co. Links

  • Birth and Death Records from 1906

  • Berrysburg Borough History & Web Site

  • Cemeteries of Dauphin Co.

  • Census Records

  • Dauphin Borough History

  • Dauphin Co. GenWeb Project

  • Dauphin Co. Historical Society

  • Dauphin-Middle Paxton Historical Society

  • Dauphin Co. Vital Records

  • Elizabethville Borough History

  • Fort Halifax

  • Gratz Borough History

  • Harrisburg Area Community College Library

  • Harrisburg City History

  • Harrisburg Government Web Site

  • History of Dauphin Co. (Britannica)

  • Hummelstown Area Historical Society

  • Maps of Dauphin Co. and townships

  • Middletown Borough History

  • Millersburg Borough History

  • Municipalities Incorporation Dates

  • Paxtang Historical Society

  • Pennsylvania Trails of History

  • State Library of Pennsylvania

  • State Museum of Pennsylvania

  • Steelton Borough History

  • Wikipedia Overview of Dauphin County

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