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United StatesGotoarrow.png Pennsylvania Gotoarrow.png York County

York County, Pennsylvania genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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York County, Pennsylvania
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Founded August 19, 1749
County Seat York
Courthouse
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Address York County Judicial Center
45 North George Street
York, PA 17401
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1749
1749


The Scotch-Irish made settlements at the "Monaghan Settlement" and the "Barrens" in what predominantly a German area.[3]


Boundary Changes

  • 22 January 1800: Adams County set off.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
Interment.net WorldCat Names in Stone
USGenWeb-transcripts
USGenWeb-tombstone photos
Billion Graves
Pennsylvania Genealogy Epodunk
Pennsylvania Gravestones
Billion Graves
Names in Stone
Access Genealogy
Ancestry($)
See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.
  • Harry Senft York and Adams County Cemetery Pictures Harry Senft has taken pictures of 1000s of headstones in over 200 cemeteries in York and Adams counties that are ALL posted online. In conjunction with FamilyHart (aka Don & Jeanine Hartman), Custom Google Maps for each cemetery location have been produced so that the user can easily find the cemetery. An index of the cemeteries listed is also provided by name and by location. In addition, indexing of the actual cemetery picture files with links to the FamilyHart Online Databaseare being compiled. The FamilyHart Online Database contains over 719,000 linked family names, most of which have connections to York and Adams counties. This family database is the most comprehensive and complete listing of York and Adams County names on the Internet. It grows by about 1,000 names per week, and is updated online quarterly.
  • The York County Cemeteries USGenWeb site is a relatively comprehensive site for finding transcriptions and pictures of Tombstones in York County.  Many of Harry Senft's pictures (and those of others) are posted here and are indexed by cemetery.  Also found here are transcriptions of many cemeteries (some complete and many incomplete.)  These transcriptions are valuable as they often include stones that are no longer readable and may not show up on photo images.  Also many cemeteries have only transcriptions available. Neither this page nor the FamilyHart site are all inclusive for burials in York County but used together they provide the most comprehensive record online of burials in the county.
  • There are over 345 different cemeteries in the county. Finding the right cemetery is often compounded by the fact that many cemeteries have changed names over the years and are now known by a different name. A comprehensive list of cemeteries can be found at York County Cemeteries and Locations.  This link does not have burials listed but is the most complete listing of all the cemeteries in York County.

Individual Cemeteries:

Census

For tips on accessing York County, Pennsylvania Federal (or United States) census records online, see: Pennsylvania Census.

There are no county or state census records available for Pennsylvania. County and city tax records can be used as a substitute when census records are not available.

Church Records

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as York County, Pennsylvania Church Records  in online catalogs like:


County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
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Contains the church records of:
  • Abbottstown: Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Cross Roads: Gatchellville Charge United Methodist Church
  • Delroy: Lutheran Church
  • East Prospect: Zion United Brethren Church
  • East York: Emanuel United Church of Christ
  • Gatchellville: Gatchellville Charge United Methodist Church
  • Glen Rock: Emmanuel United Methodist Church
  • Hametown: St. Paul Lutheran Church
  • Hanover: First United Methodist Church
  • Hellam: St. Paul Methodist Church
  • Loganville: Christ Lutheran Church
  • Mount Wolf: Otterbein United Methodist Church
  • Red Lion: Grace Lutheran Church; St. John's United Church of Christ; United Methodist Church
  • Springettsbury: United Brethren in Christ
  • Starview: United Brethren in Christ
  • Stewartstown: Presbyterian Church
  • Thomasville: Paradise (Holtzschwamm) Lutheran Church
  • York: Aldersgate United Methodist Church; Asbury United Methodist Church; Bethlehem United Methodist Church; First Church of the Brethren; J.O. Miller Memorial Reformed Church; Locust Grove United Church of Christ; Memorial United Church of Christ; St. John's Episcopal Church; St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church; St. Matthew Lutheran Church; St. Paul's Lutheran Church; St. Paul's United Church of Christ; Trinity Reformed Church (United Church of Christ); Trinity United Church of Christ; United Brethren in Christ; York Grace Charge; Zion United Church of Christ
  • 1730-1800 - Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, York County, 1730-1800. Washington, D.C.: Larjon and Company Inc., 1998. FHL Book 974.841 K2hj.
Information is taken from church records of the Warrington Friends' Monthly Meeting, Warrington Township; Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, York; St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Hanover; Records of Jacob Lischy, Reformed pastor; Trinity Reformed Church, York; St. Jacob's Lutheran and Reformed Church, Codorus Township; Moravian Church, York; St. David's Lutheran and Reformed Church, West Manheim Township; Trinity Reformed Church, Kreutz Creek, Hellam Township; Strayer's Reformed Church, Dover Township; Canadochly Lutheran and Reformed Church, Lower Windsor Township; St. Luke's Lutheran and Reformed Church, Chanceford Township; St. Paul's Lutheran and Reformed Church, West Manchester Township; St. John's Lutheran and Reformed Church, Hopewell Township; Strayer's Lutheran Church, Dover Township; Zion Lutheran and Reformed Church, Conewago Township; Friedensaal Lutheran Church, Springfield Township; St. James' Lutheran Church, Kreutz Creek, Hellam Township; St. Paul's Lutheran and Reformed Church, North Codorus Township; Records of Jacob Goering; Jerusalem Lutheran and Reformed Church, Shrewsbury Township; St. Peter's Reformed Church, North Codorus Township; St. John's Episcopal Church, York; St. Peter's Reformed Church, Springfield Township; Emanuel Reformed Church, Hanover; St. John's Lutheran Church, Hopewell Township; Steltz Lutheran and Reformed Church, Codorus Township.
  • Custom Google Maps for some York County Churches Most of the Cemetery Picture Custom Google Maps on this site have the addresses and phone numbers of the associated churches. For some there are also links to histories on the particular church.
Bethlehem Reformed, Stiltz
Canadochly Church, Lower Windsor Twp
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church (partial)
Emanuel Reformed Church, Hanover
Guinston United Presbyterian Church, Chanceford Township
Lischey's Reformed Charge
Salem Union Church, (Strayers) now Salem
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church
St. Jacob's Stone Church
St. James Church Lancaster Records for York, Huntington and Marsh Creek
Union Church, Shiloh
United Brethren in Christ (Now United Methodist), Hanover



The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Blue Ridge District of the Eastern States Mission comprised church members living in southeastern Pennsylvania. District headquarters were in Lancaster, with branches located in Bucks, Fulton, Lancaster, and York counties.

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2100 Hollywood Drive, York, Pennsylvania.  Family History Center for public use housed in building. Family History Center Hours
Episcopalian

St. John's Church, York

Registers begin in 1786, but some earlier parishioners appear in the registers of St. James's Church, Lancaster.[4]

  • 1784-1800 - St. John's (St. John the Baptist's) Episcopal Church, City of York, 1784-1800 in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records to 1800" at Ancestry ($).
Lutheran
  • 1730-1739 - Records of Rev. Johan Casper Stoever: Baptismal and Marriage, 1730-39 in "Private Church Registers to 1800, York County, Pennsylvania" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1733-1800 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1733-1800: Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church at Ancestry ($).
  • 1743-1799 - St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, York County, Pennsylvania, 1743-99 at Ancestry ($).
  • 1751-1800 - Sherman's (St. David's) Union Church, York County, Pennsylvania, 1751-1800 at Ancestry ($).
  • 1754-1871 - York County, Pennsylvania: Creutz Creek Church Records at Ancestry ($). Hellam Township. Includes baptisms, marriages, burials for Creutz Creek (St. James) Lutheran Church 1757-1799; Creutz Creek (Trinity) Reformed Church, 1763-1799; and Reformed Congregation at Creutz Creek, 1800-1855.
  • 1754-1800 - Canadochly Lutheran Church, Lower Windsor Township, 1754-1800 in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records to 1800" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1755-1801 - Friedensall (Schuster's White) Church, 1755-1801 in "Springfield Township Church Records, York County, Pennsylvania, 1755-1801" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1762-1800 - St. Jacob's (Stone) Union Church in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records, 1760-1800: Codorus Township" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1763-1869 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1763-1869: St. David's/Sherman's Reformed and Lutheran Church at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, communions.
  • 1764-1894 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1764-1894: Wolf's (St. Paul's) Reformed and Lutheran Church at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, burials.
  • 1764-1800 - Wolf's (St. Paul's) Reformed and Lutheran Church, West Manchester Township, 1764-1800 in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records to 1800" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1765-1803 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1765-1803: Quickel's (Zion) Lutheran and Reformed Church at Ancestry ($).
  • 1766-1798 - Blymir's (St. John) Union Church, York Township, 1766-98 (Lutheran and Reformed) in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records to 1800" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1766-1851 - Lutheran and Reformed Blimyer's Union Church, York County, Pennsylvania, 1766-1851 at Ancestry ($). Mainly births and baptisms; some marriages, burials.
  • 1771-1800 - St. Paul's (Ziegler's) Evangelical Lutheran Church in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records, 1760-1800: Codorus Township" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1772-1800 - Records of Stehli's (St. Luke's) Union Church, Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania, 1772--1800 in "Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania Church Records," at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages.
  • 1773-1835 - St. Luke's Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, York County, Pennsylvania, 1773-1835 at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, burials.
  • 1780-1794 - Fissel's (Jerusalem) Union Church, Shrewsbury Township, 1780-94 in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records to 1800" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1788-1789 - Baptisms Performed by Pastor Jacob Goering (Lutheran) in Pennsylvania: York County, 1788-89 in "Private Church Registers to 1800, York County, Pennsylvania" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1791-1800 - Saddler's (St. John's) Lutheran Church, Hopewell Township, 1791-1800 in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records to 1800" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1792-1861 - Saddler's Lutheran Church Baptisms, York County, Pennsylvania, 1792-1861 in Ancestry ($).
  • 1797-1800 - Steltz Union Church in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records, 1760-1800: Codorus Township" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1801-1873 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1801-73: Canadochly Lutheran and Reformed Congregations at Ancestry ($). Mainly baptisms and communions.
  • 1809-1832, 1861-1862 - Reformed and Lutheran Congregations of Frey's Church, York County, Pennsylvania, 1809-32, 1861-62 at Ancestry ($).
  • 1843-1888 - Evangelical Lutheran Congregation at Rossville, York County, Pennsylvania, 1843-88 at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, burials.
  • 1868-1938 - Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Cedar Point, Fairview Township, York County, Pennsylvania; records 1868-1938 at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, burials.
  • 1871-1889 - Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of Freysville, York County, Pennsylvania, 1871-89 at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, burials.
Moravian
  • 1758-1800 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1758-1800: First Moravian Church at Ancestry ($).
Presbyterian
  • 1752-1790 - Records from Reverend John Cuthbertson's Diary, York County, Pennsylvania in "Private Church Registers to 1800, York County, Pennsylvania" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1772-1799 - Records of Guinston (Muddy Creek) United Presbyterian Church, North Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania, 1772-1799 in "Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania Church Records," at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages.
Quaker
  • 1800s-1900s - Pennsylvania Quaker Records: Warrington, York County, Little Brittain, Lancaster County, Centre, Centre County, West Branch, Clearfield County, Dunnings Creek, Bedford County. n.p. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive - free.[5]
  • Myers, Albert Cook,. Warrington Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers), Warrington Township near Wellsville, York County, Pennsylvania. York, Pa.: 1950. Digitized by Ancestry ($).
Reformed
  • 1744-1769 - York County, Pennsylvania Church Records, 1744-69: Jacob Lischy's Private Pastoral Record at Ancestry ($). Rev. served the following York County congregations: Lischy York Reformed, Kreutz Creek, St. David in West Manheim, Canadochly, St. Peter's, Jacob's, Strayer's, Wolf's, Emanuel's, Quickel's, and Friedensaal.
  • 1745-1800 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1745-1800: First Reformed (Trinity) Church at Ancestry ($).
  • 1751-1800 - Sherman's (St. David's) Union Church, York County, Pennsylvania, 1751-1800 at Ancestry ($).
  • 1754-1871 - York County, Pennsylvania: Creutz Creek Church Records at Ancestry ($). Hellam Township. Includes baptisms, marriages, burials for Creutz Creek (St. James) Lutheran Church 1757-1799; Creutz Creek (Trinity) Reformed Church, 1763-1799; and Reformed Congregation at Creutz Creek, 1800-1855.
  • 1762-1800 - St. Jacob's (Stone) Union Church in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records, 1760-1800: Codorus Township" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1763-1869 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1763-1869: St. David's/Sherman's Reformed and Lutheran Church at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, communions.
  • 1764-1936 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1764-1936: Reformed Congregation of St. Paul's/Wolf's Church at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, burials.
  • 1764-1894 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1764-1894: Wolf's (St. Paul's) Reformed and Lutheran Church at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, burials.
  • 1764-1800 - Wolf's (St. Paul's) Reformed and Lutheran Church, West Manchester Township, 1764-1800 in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records to 1800" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1764-1800 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1764-1800: Strayer's (Salem) Reformed Church at Ancestry ($).
  • 1765-1803 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1765-1803: Quickel's (Zion) Lutheran and Reformed Church at Ancestry ($).
  • 1766-1851 - Lutheran and Reformed Blimyer's Union Church, York County, Pennsylvania, 1766-1851 at Ancestry ($). Mainly births and baptisms; some marriages, burials.
  • 1766-1798 - Blymir's (St. John) Union Church, York Township, 1766-98 (Lutheran and Reformed) in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records to 1800" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1770-1800 - Emanuel Reformed Church, Hanover Township, 1770-1800 in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records to 1800" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1772-1800 - Records of Stehli's (St. Luke's) Union Church, Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania, 1772--1800 in "Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania Church Records," at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages.
  • 1773-1835 - St. Luke's Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, York County, Pennsylvania, 1773-1835 at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, burials.
  • 1773-1797 - Lischy's (St. Peter's) Reformed Church in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records, 1760-1800: Codorus Township" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1780-1794 - Fissel's (Jerusalem) Union Church, Shrewsbury Township, 1780-94 in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records to 1800" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1789-1797 - St. Peter's (Yellow and formerly Salem) Reformed Church, 1789-1797 in "Springfield Township Church Records, York County, Pennsylvania, 1755-1801" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1797-1800 - Steltz Union Church in "York County, Pennsylvania Church Records, 1760-1800: Codorus Township" at Ancestry ($).
  • 1800-1846 - York County, Pennsylvania Marriages, 1800-46: First Trinity Reformed Church at Ancestry ($).
  • 1800-1856 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1800-56: Emmanuel's Reformed Church at Ancestry ($).
  • 1801-1853 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1801-53: Trinity Reformed Church at Ancestry ($).
  • 1801-1873 - York County, Pennsylvania, 1801-73: Canadochly Lutheran and Reformed Congregations at Ancestry ($). Mainly baptisms and communions.
  • 1809-1832, 1861-1862 - Reformed and Lutheran Congregations of Frey's Church, York County, Pennsylvania, 1809-32, 1861-62 at Ancestry ($).
  • 1818-1900 - The Register of the Reformed Congregation of Roth's Church (now Trinity Reformed Church), Jackson Township, York County, Pennsylvania, 1818-1900 at Ancestry ($). Baptisms.
  • 1833-1935 - Holzschwamm Reformed Church Records (Paradise Township, York County, Pennsylvania) at Ancestry ($). Baptisms.
  • 1855-1887 - Reformed Congregation at Dub's Union Church Baptisms, York County, Pennsylvania, 1855-1887 at Ancestry ($).

Court Records

York County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the York County, Pennsylvania Courthouse. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the Pennsylvania State Archives and in the FamilySearch collection. Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. Other titles are not duplicates. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections. Films at the Pennsylvania State Archives are not available for inter-library loan. If court records are available FamilySearch films may be ordered at a local Family History Center.


The York County Archives have searchable indexes for the following:

  • Clerk of Courts Quarter Session Dockets (1749 - 1876, 1877 - 1949, and 1950 - 1989)

Again these are only indexes but will lead you to the location of these court records.

Court of Common Pleas

The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters. The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. York County, Pennsylvania County has its own judicial district. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.[6]

Clerk of the Courts

The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Clerk signs and affixes the Seal of the Courts to all writs and processes, administers oaths and affirmations, and assumes custody of the seal and records of the Courts. The Clerk certifies and distributes orders of the Court. The Clerk also certifies and prepares bills of costs for the defendants and utilizes the computerized financial management system to disburse fines, costs and restitution.[7] For the York County, Pennsylvania Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.


Prothonotary

The office of the Prothontary is the custodian of all civil matters in the county. This includes naturalization, immigration, equity actions, judgements, federal and local tax leins, city liens, family court, arbitrations, license suspension appeals, appeals to higher court, commercial code filings, applications for passports and divorce proceedings. See the Courthouse section on this page for the York County, Pennsylvania Prothonotary office information.



Office of the Prothonotary
York County Judicial Center
45 N. George St.
York PA 17401
717-771-9611
pslee@yorkcountypa.gov

Orphan's Court (see Vital Records)

Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

Additional court records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as York County, Pennsylvania Court Records in online catalogs like:


Emigration and Immigration

For information about emigration into Pennsylvania, see the Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration page.


Ethnic Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Published Histories

HistoricPA.net > Pennsylvania County Histories at http://www.historicpa.net/history/york.html
York County PA Biographies at http://www.historicpa.net/bios/co/york.html

Land and Property

Land records in York County began in 1749. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in York, Pennsylvania.

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, grants, sheriff sales, land patents, and maps. Property records include liens as well as livestock brands and estray records.

The following are examples of available resources:

Online Land Records

  • 1981–present Images are available online using the Landex system. There is a fee to view the images.
  • 1749–1943 The York County Archives have deed book indexes online  (1749 - 1912 and 1913 - 1943).  When searching these indexes you will be directed to PDF pages that have the grantee and grantor indexes.  Instructions are given on the York County Archives page as to how to use the PDF pages that are generated.  The PDF documents are quite large and take some time to download.  These indexes provide you with the details needed to search and obtain copies of the original deeds.
  • PA Original Land Records The Rev. Neal Hively has done extensive land record compilations and land mapping of York and Adams counties with indexes available online.

Land Records on Microfilm

Additional Resources

Note that the "Maps" section below includes maps related to land ownership.

See Pennsylvania Land and Property for more information about using land records, especially about original land warrants, surveys, and patents filed at the state land office.

Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as York County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

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Migration

Military

Revolutionary War

Local men served in the York County Militia. A guide at the Pennsylvania State Archives website identifies townships where specific companies recruited soldiers, see Revolutionary War Militia Battalions and Companies, Arranged by County.

York County men also served in the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment.[8]

The Camp Security website has a lot of information on this Revelotionary War Prisoner of War Camp that was located in York County.

http://www.usgwarchives.org/pa/york/military.htm

Civil War

Civil War at http://www.pacivilwar.com/county/york.html


Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in York County.


Map showing Civil War battles in Pennsylvania.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization records can contain information about immigration and nativity. Prior to 1906, it is rare to find the town of origin in naturalization records. See Pennsylvania Naturalization for more information about the types of records and availability.

Naturalizations granted at the county level were kept by the office of the Prothonotary. Naturalizations could also be granted on the Federal Court level.


Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm

[currently there are no York County naturalization records in the FHL microfilm collection]
Finding Naturalization Indexes at Other Repositories

Additional naturalization indexes can sometimes be found using search phrases such as York County, Pennsylvania naturalization in online catalogs like:

Newspapers

York County, Pennsylvania newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, historical/genealogical societies, college or university libraries, or state archives in the area where the newspaper was published.

For information on state-wide newspapers see Pennsylvania Newspapers


Newspapers of York County

Online Newspapers

To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see news.google.com/newspapers and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Newspaper Excerpts and Abstracts

  • Sullivan, Raymond B., Newspaper Clippings of York County, Penn., Evening Sun, 1967 (SLC, Utah, 1968) FHL film 547096 and 547097 item 1
  • Sullivan, Raymond B., Newspaper Clippings of York County, Penn., Gazette and Daily, 1967 (SLC, Utah, 1968) FHL film 547094-95
  • Compiled by Raymond B. Sullivan, A Collection of Newspaper Clippings of Vital Records from the Evening Sun, Gazette and Daily, Adams Co., York Co., Pennsylvania, Carroll Co., Maryland, 1968-1969; Sykesville Times Caroll County Times, Carroll Co., Maryland, 1967-1968, 1967-1969 (SLC, Utah, 1969) FHL films 599824-599829 item 1
Obituaries

Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died. However, sometimes an obituary is found in the location from which he or she originated. To find an obituary, see the information under the Newspaper heading


Online Obituary Abstracts

Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts

Occupations

Indentured Servants

By searching for the term "servant" at the York County Archives website, you can retrieve a list of indentured servants listed in York County Quarter Sessions.

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in York County, Pennsylvania are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created. To obtain original probate records, contact the Orphan's Court in the County Courthouse.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates of decedents, incompetents, and minors; appointment and control of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills involving probate matters; inheritance tax appeals and various petitions and motions.


Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as York County, Pennsylvania probate wills in online catalogs like:


Online Probate Indexes

  • 1784-1850 - Williams, Richard T. Index of Wills & Estate Settlements, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1784-1850. Danboro, Pa.: R.T. and M.C. Williams, 1972. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Online Probate Records

Many original York County probate records are available free online as digital images at:

Online Probate Abstracts

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Original Records

The York County Archives houses the following original probate related records:

Bond Books (1794 - 1968) There is no local microfilm available. They are indexed and can be searched online at the Archives web site. These records originated in the Recorder of Deeds office. Bonds from 1749 - 1793 are found in Estate Files. After 1968 Bonds are at the Register of Deeds.

Estate Files (1749 - 1958) There is no local microfilm or index. They originated in the office of the Register of Wills/Orphan's Court.

Estate Files (1959 - 1967) There is no local microfilm but they are indexed and can be searched online at the Archives web site. These records also originated in the office of the Register of Wills/Orphan's Court.

Will Books (1749 - 1973) There are local microfilms of Dockets A - AA. These records are indexed. They are searchable online at FamilySearch - free. They originated in the Register of Wills office.

Repositories

Archives
The Archives was established in 1987 and moved to its current location in 1995. To accommodate the growing number of records, the Archives building was expanded in 2001.
York County's records begin in August of 1749 when York County was formed from Lancaster County. The Archives stores records for over 40 different county offices during various time periods throughout the past 250 years.
The Archives is located at:
150 Pleasant Acres Road
York, PA 17420
Phone (717) 840-7222
Open - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • The Pennsylvania Archivescollection contains county archive records that can be searched onsite. Currently the Archives' staff cannot provide research or make copies of these records. Their collections include Almshouse Registers; Tax records; Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes and Records; Midwife records; African American records; Wills; Deeds; Naturalizations; Coroner's inquests; and Orphan's Court dockets. A list of the Archive's county holdings are on Microfilm or Manuscript form.


Courthouse

York County Government
45 North George Street
York, PA 17401
Phone (717) 771-9288
Fax (717) 771-4678
Offices of interest to genealogists include:

Office of the Prothonotary
York County Judicial Center
45 N. George St.
York PA 17401
717-771-9611
pslee@yorkcountypa.gov

  • Prothonotary: All civil litigation is filed with the Prothonotary, including: mortgage foreclosures, personal injury cases, license suspension appeals, divorce, child custody and protection from abuse cases. They also acept U.S. passport applications.
  • Court of Common Pleas: The Court of Common Pleas is the trial court that hears major civil and criminal cases. The Court also decides cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, and other matters.
  • Recorder of Deeds: The Recorder of Deeds not only handles real estate records, but the Recorder's office also records military discharge papers and notary bonds/commissions.
  • Orphans Court: The Clerk of the Orphans Court accepts marriage applications.
Family History Centers

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FHC for York County, Pennsylvania is the York Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Libraries

The online map shows where libraries are located in York County with links to each library's web site. Most libraries in York County have genealogical and local history collections. A page for Genealogy and Local History Materials at York Libraries gives information about genealogical resources in York County.

Martin Memorial Library
159 East Market Street
York, Pennsylvania
Telephone: (717) 846-5300.

The Guthrie Memorial Library is especially rich in genealogical resorces.

Guthrie Memorial Library
2 Library Place
Hanover, PA
Online catalog
Telephone: (717)-632-5183 Call the Pennsylvania Room for the schedule before visiting.
Hours vary

Most genealogy materials are in their Pennsylvania Room, including resources for Hanover, York County, and surrounding areas. It is one of the few libraries with a microfilm collection. The Pennsylvania Room's print materials are included in the York Libraries catalog; microfilm, however, is not.  Click here for a list of microfilms.

Museums

York Heritage Trust
250 East Market Street
York, Pennsylvania
(formerly York County Historical Society).
From quilts to tiny photographs, the Historical Society Museum and Library houses both exhibits and an extensive research library. The Heritage Trust's Library and Archives houses an extensive and varied collection covering a wide range of topics including genealogy and family history, local history, the decorative arts and military history.

Police Heritage Museum
54 West Market Street
York, Pennsylvania 17401
Phone: 717-845-COPS
Among other things, the museum has historic records of police officers, their departments, and the techniques and equipment they used. Only open a few hours.

Societies

York Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, Pennsylvania, (formerly York County Historical Society)

South Central Genealogical Society, meets in the York County Heritage Trust, 250
E. Market St., Richard Konkel, president. Check meeting dates and times online. 

Susquehanna Trail Genealogy Club, meets the fourth Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2100 Hollywood Drive, York, Pennsylvania,  Contact Jackson Sonneborn, president,& Mark Gagermeier, webmaster. 717-757-2331

Taxation

The York County Archives house tax records for the county from 1767 (with gaps) to 1988. Prior to the 1950's these tax records were listed under the tax payer's name and township and borough. Records since then are listed by name, address, location of property, account number, etc. These records originated in the Assessment Office of the Court House. They are available locally on microfilm for 1767 - 1850 and 1950 - 1988. These records are not indexed nor are they available at the Archives web site.

  • 1779-1783 - York County USGenWeb Project The York County USGenWeb Project has the Returns of Taxables of the County of York for the Years 1779, 1780, 1781, 1782, 1783 online.
  • 1779-1783 - Returns of Taxables of the County of York: For the Years 1779, 1780, 1781, 1782 and 1783. (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Vol. 21). Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Google Books - free.
  • 1798 - Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at Ancestry ($).

Vital Records

Vital records are handled by the County Orphans' Court. Between the years 1852-1855 Pennsylvania made a failed attempt to record birth, marriage and death events at the county level. While the records for that time period are available, there were few events recorded. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. Abstracts and copies of vital records are available for some counties, but most are incomplete. For the most complete set of records, always contact the County Orphans' Court.


The vital records created by York County are now housed at the York County Archives. 

The York County Archives has the following indexes available for online searches:

  • 1852 - 1853 1893 - 1906 Birth Records
  • Prior to 1906 Delayed Births (recorded after 1941)
  • 1852 - 1853 1885 - 1949 Marriage Records
  • 1852 - 1855 1893 - 1906 Death Records
  • 1877 - 1958 Affidavits of Death

These indexes reference the original records which can be ordered from the Archives.

York County Archives
150 Peasant Acres Rd
York PA 17401
Phone: 717-840-7222
Fax: 717-840-7224
archives@york-county.org

Birth

The following records are available at the York County Archives:

Early births 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health for 1906 and 1907. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified Birth certificate can be obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103


Marriage

The following records are available at the York County Archives:

Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the York County, Pennsylvania clerk's office for these records.

  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • 1725-1976 - Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940 - free index. Not complete for all years.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.
  • 1852-1854 - Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images.
  • 1887–1896 - Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950 Extracted marriage records – free. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.
  • Some York County Marriage Records courtesy USGenWeb Archives
Divorce

Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the courthouse building.

Death

The following records are available at the York County Archives:

Early deaths 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania death records are available through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1962. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified death certificate can be obtained obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103


Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as York County, Pennsylvania Vital Records in online catalogs like:


Web Sites

  • York County USGenWeb Project The York County, Pennsylvania USGenweb Project has an extensive collection of links for help in performing genealogy in York County. The Project also has many online extracted and original records.
  • FamilyHart Online Database, provided by FamilyHart (aka Don & Jeanine Hartman), has the largest collection of York County family genealogies online (Total database size over 719,000 linked names, most with York County ties). They also have a large collection of family photgraphs, documents, and headstone pictures associated with these families.

Places

Populated Places

York, Franklintown, Codorus Township, Heidelberg Township, Penn Township, York Township, more ...

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).
  3. Wayland F. Dunaway, The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 1944), 57-58. Free digital version at PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf at Penn State.
  4. Philip Syng Physick Conner,"Registers of the Anglican Church in Pennsylvania prior to 1800," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 12 (1888):341-349. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  5. Thanks to FamilyHart at PAGenWeb for this link.
  6. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  7. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  8. John B.B. Trussell and Charles C. Dallas, The Pennsylvania Line; Regimental Organization and Operations, 1776-1783 (Harrisburg, Pa.: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1977). Digital version at Family History Archive.
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012)