York County, Pennsylvania Genealogy
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 Quick Facts
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
York County Judicial Center
45 North George Street
York, PA 17401
Phone (717) 771-9288 Fax (717) 771-4678
The York County Archives is a department of the York County Government.
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
22 January 1800: Adams County set off.
York, Franklintown, Codorus Township, Heidelberg Township, Penn Township, York Township, more ...
- The York County USGenWeb Project is a central respository for genealogical data and resources on the Internet, all of which are free.
- The York County Archives also has a wealth of data available that can be searched online.
- 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.
- Churches of York County A listing of the old-time Churches of York County (pre-1900).
- 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
- LDS York 2nd Ward Family History Newletters The York 2nd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints produces monthly Family History Newsletters that are posted online.
- 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.
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.
- PA Original Land Records The Rev. Neal Hively has done extensive land record compilations and land mapping of York and Adams counties.
- The York County Archives have the following 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.
- York County USGenWeb Project This site contains several local histories and links to histories online.
- Ancestor Tracks has posted free, downloadable images from the 1876 Atlas of York County, Pennsylvania, Illustrated from Actual Surveys by and under the Direction of Beach Nichols, Published by Pomeroy, Whitman and Co. (Philadelphia). This atlas located in the Library of Congress shows major landowners and geographic sites at the date of publishing. While the physical maps are in the public domain, the images we have taken of the maps belong to us and are not to be used commercially. We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.
- The York County USGenWeb site has several York County Maps, including the 1835, 1846, and 1895 Atlases of York County in addition to modern maps of today.
- The York County USGenweb Project has several maps, both current and historical, online (as well as excellent links to many other resources).
- Rev. Neal Hively has compiled and published books and maps showing the earliest landowners of York County.
- The Pennsylvania Visitors Network promotes tourism to York County.
- Detailed topographical maps are posted at the York County Township Maps site.
The Camp Security website has a lot of information on this Revelotionary War Prisoner of War Camp that was located in York County.
Civil War at http://www.pacivilwar.com/county/york.html
The York Dispatch at email@example.com, "Flipside"
Community Courier at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dillsburg Banner at email@example.com
The York County Archives houses the following 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 but not searchable online. They originated in the Register of Wills office.
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.
- York County USGenWeb Project The York County USGenWeb Project has the Returns of Taxables of the County of York for the Years 1889, 1780, 1781, 1782, 1783 online.
All of the vital records of York County are now housed at the York County Archives.
The York County Archives has the following indexes available for online searches:
- Birth Records (1852 - 1853, and 1893 - 1906)
Delayed Births (recorded after 1941 - applies to births prior to 1906)
Marriage Records (1852 - 1853, and 1885 - 1949)
Death Records (1852 - 1855, and 1893 - 1906)
Affidavits of Death (1877 - 1958)
These indexes reference the original records which can be ordered from the Archives.
Societies and Libraries
Martin Memorial Library, 159 East Market Street, York, Pennsylvania, Telephone (717) 846-5300
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
Family History Centers
- 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.
McClure, Jim, local author on York County, Pennsylvania, "York Town Square" Blog, http://www.yorktownsquare.com/; also McClure, Jim, Blog on "The Laux, Loux, Loucks, Laucks, Louck, Lauck, Louks family to hold 300th reunion in York, " http://www.yorkblog.com/yorktownsquare/2009/07/laucks.html.
- Pennsylvania Dutch Family History, Genealogy, Culture and Life This site contains links to everything Pennsylvania Dutch.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].