Source Information

Lineages, Inc., comp. Swamp Reformed (Little Cocalico) Church, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1788-1822 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001.
Original data: William J. Hinke. Church record of the Swamp Reformed Church or Little Cocalico in West Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Typescript at the Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

About Swamp Reformed (Little Cocalico) Church, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1788-1822

The Swamp Reformed Church, which is also known as Little Cocalico Church, lies in West Cocalico Township. This township is located in the northern-most tip of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Researchers may find records of births, marriages, or deaths for those who lived in the area during the years 1788 to 1822. For those with ancestors living in this Southern Pennsylvania area, this will be a useful database.

Church records rank among the very best genealogical records available worldwide, but they are one of the most under-used sources in American genealogy. Until the advent of vital statistics in the United States, a very late development in most states, church records were the primary source of birth, marriage, and death information. The sheer number of denominations and affiliate churches has made identifying and locating their records a time-consuming ordeal for most genealogists. Church records vary a great deal in content and emphasis according to the basic theology of the religious group that created them.

Early immigrants from England, Scotland, and European countries brought their religious beliefs, institutions and customs with them, including the keeping of church books in which to record births, baptisms, confirmations, marriages, communion lists, deaths, and burials. Lutheran and Reformed records in Pennsylvania rank among the very best.