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Revision as of 21:37, 7 August 2010

United States  > Pennsylvania > York County

County Courthouse

York County Judicial Center
Second Floor
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

Quick Facts

Parent County

14 October 1748: York County (which then also included Adams County) was created from Lancaster County. [1]

Boundary Changes

22 January 1800: Adams County set off.

Record Loss


Populated Places

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

Neighboring Counties

Adams | Cumberland | Dauphin | Lancaster | Maryland counties: Baltimore | Carroll | Harford



  • Harry Senft York and Adams County Cemetery Pictures Harry Senft has taken pictures of 100s 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 630,000 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.

[1] The York County Cemeteries USGenWeb site has a comprehensive site for finding transcriptions and pictures of Tombstones in York County.

There are over 345 different cemeteries in the county. Finding the right cemetery is compounded by the fact that many cemeteries have changed names over the years and are now known by different names. A comprehensive list of cemeteries can be found at: [2] 


  • 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
  • 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.



  • PA Original Land Records The Rev. Neal Hively has done extensive land record compilations and land mapping of York and Adams counties.

Local 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



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 Daily Record at (letters@ydr.com) ; Weekly Record -  at  Joan Concilio (jconcilio@ydr.com);  "Flipside"

The York Dispatch  at bmundis@yorkdispatch.com, "Flipside"

Community Courier at (news@engleonline.com)

Dillsburg Banner at dillsburgbanner@dillsburgbanner.net


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.

Vital Records

All of the vital records of York County are now housed at the York County Archives.

The Archives where researchers can search the following data base indexes:

Birth Records (1852 - 1853)
Birth Records (1893 - 1906)
Delayed Births (recorded after 1941 - applies to births prior to 1906)
Marriage Records (1852 - 1853)
Marriage Records (1885 - 1929)
Death Records (1852 - 1855)
Death Records (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,  Jackson Sonneborn, president,&nbsp Mark Gagermeier, webmaster

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, FamilyHart(aka Don & Jeanine Hartman), has the largest collection of York County family genealogies online (Total database size over 630,000 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.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].