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search engines as well as the index to the pages to make the best use of the Seneca Co. website. Much of the data available here has been transcribed from files, lists and other data available at the Seneca Co. Historian's office and from books published in the 1800s. Permission has been obtained from the publishers of these books to use the data for this site. You will notice that the language of the original texts is maintained in order to provide the reader with a picture of life at that time. Family history is more than lists of names and dates, and I will try to provide local history as well.

Please note that citations are provided for all data. Quotation marks designate material that is directly copied. Credit is given to all contributors. Please be respectful of the originators of the data when reusing.

The Volunteer County Coordinator for this site is Diane Lerch Kurtz. Please contact me if you have information to share or would like to assist in transcriptions. I regret that I am unable to do any research for anyone. I no longer live in the Seneca Co. area and have attempted to make available on the website the addresses, phone numbers, etc. of various organizations that may be able to provide research assistance. Please let me know if something is needed or incorrect.

I would like to thank everyone that has contributed data, helped with transcriptions, etc. There names are noted on the appropriate pages. Special thanks go to former Seneca Co. historian, Betty Auten, who has always been supportive and helpful and was the first person I contacted when I volunteered to maintain this site. Betty opened her files to me and has provided invaluable data. Special thanks also go to Wayne and Pat Morrison of Morrison Printing Co., Ovid, NY. They are responsible for making available numerous titles of interest to Seneca County and area researchers. If you are interested in the books they offer for sale, please click here for a copy of their book list. Please contact them for new titles added to the list.

This website is dedicated to my ancestors who made the difficult trip from Germany to PA in 1738 and then removed to Seneca Co. less than 100 years later. They were among the early settlers of Fayette. It is also dedicated to my grandparents, Erwin and Bertha Lerch, and to my aunt, Vivian Lerch Morehouse, who gave me a love for family history.

Thank you to all who visit the website. I hope that you are able to visit Seneca Co. personally in your research. It is a beautiful place to visit and to live as our ancestors knew.

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