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Lancaster County is bordered by Lebanon County (north), Berks County (northeast), Chester County (east), Cecil County, Maryland (south), Harford County, Maryland (south), York County (west), Dauphin County (northwest). A Map of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Lancaster County Townships include Bart, Brecknock, Caernarvon, Clay, Colerain, Conestoga, Conoy, Drumore, Earl, East Cocalico, East Donegal, East Drumore, East Earl, East Hempfield, East Lampeter, Eden, Elizabeth, Ephrata, Fulton, Lancaster, Leacock, Little Britain, Manheim, Manor, Martic, Mount Joy, Paradise, Penn, Pequea, Providence, Rapho, Sadsbury, Salisbury, Strasburg, Upper Leacock, Warwick, West Cocalico, West Donegal, West Earl, West Hempfield, and West Lampeter.
Lancaster County Boroughs include Adamstowkron, Christiana, Columbia, Denver, East Petersburg, Elizabethtown, Ephrata, Lititz, Manheim, Marietta, Millersville, Mount Joy, Mountville, New Holland, Quarryville, Strasburg, and Terre Hill.
Lancaster County Cities & Towns include Lancaster. See also Lancaster County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Courthouse Records
The Lancaster County Courthouse is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Some early court records have been transferred to the Lancaster County Historical Society Learn More About State of Pennsylvania Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Lancaster county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.
- Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds has Land Records from 1729. The County Recorder of Deeds is responsible for recording documents related to property. Documents recorded consist of, but are not limited to, deeds, mortgages, restrictions, notaries, public and elected county officers. Other documents, such as Military Service Discharges, foreign birth certificates, as well as obscure documents like cattle brands, are also recorded here.
- Lancaster County Prothonotary / Clerk of Courts has Court & Divorce Records from 1729. The Prothonotary / Clerk of Courts has been the clerk of court of common pleas since 1707. Court records here include divorces, naturalizations, peddlers' licenses, registration of attorneys, oaths of county officers, equity, sheriff's sales, juror lists, some tax records, and some civil court records.Other court records are with the clerk of courts.
- Lancaster County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Marriage & Probate Records from 1729 and Birth & Death Records from before Jan 1906. The Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk are often the same person, sometimes sharing the responsibility of the recorder of deeds and clerk of courts as well. The Register of Wills' principal duties include probating wills and accepting for filing all documents necessary to complete the administration of a decedent's estate. The Clerk of Orphans' Court, our office serves as the filing office and custodian of records for matters involving adoptions, guardianships and estate litigation. The office also issues all marriage licenses. Since 1885 the clerk of the orphans' court in each county has had the responsibility of recording marriages.
- Lancaster County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Census Records
- Learn More: State of Pennsylvania Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Pennsylvania Vital Records
- Birth & Death Records: 1906 to present.
- Marriage Records: does not have marriage records. The marriage records should be available in the County Court House.
- Divorce Records: does not have marriage records. The marriage records should be available in the County Court House.
- Locations: Pennsylvania Office of Vital Statistics, Pennsylvania State Archives
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
- In Person: Division of Vital Records, 101 South Mercer Street, Central Building, Room 401, New Castle, PA 16103; PH (724) 656-3100
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Resources
- State of Pennsylvania Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Archives - Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission series contains records of pennsylvania, from 1664 to 1780, and includes military, marriage, tax and land records. This is a Free Database.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania External Links
- Historical Maps of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - PA D.O.T.
- Historical Newspapers from Pennsylvania (1719 - 1997)
- Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Books - Amazon
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania Probate Index, 1729-1850
- An index to the will books and intestate records of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1729-1850
- Parochial registers for Lutheran congregations in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1729-1960
- Register of marriages and baptisms kept by the Rev. Traugott Frederick Illing
- Burials in Penryn Cemetery, Penryn, Pa.
- Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania - FindaGrave
- The history of St. James' Church (Protestant Episcopal) 1744-1944
- Pennsylvania Church Recordsdams, Berks, and Lancaster Counties, 1729-1881
- Swamp Reformed (Little Cocalico) Church, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1788-1822
- Reformed Church of Maytown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1765-1819
- Chronicon ephratense
- The history of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Maytown, Lancaster Co., Pa., 1765-1904
- History of the First Reformed Church, Lancaster, Pa., 1736-1904 ...
- An authentic history of Donegal Presbyterian Church, located in East Donegal Township, Lancaster Co., Pa.
- History of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of the city of Lancaster, Pa., from 1807 to 1893
- The Free Church
- Memorial volume of the Evang. Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Lancaster, Pa.
- A history of the New Holland Charge of the Reformed Church, in Lancaster County, Pa.
- The Lancaster Mennonite Conference
- Presbyterianism in the Pequea Valley
- Bicentennial addresses delivered at the two hundredth anniversary of Leacock Presbyterian Church, Paradise, Penna.
- St. Stephen United Church of Christ (Evangelical and Reformed) New Holland, Pennsylvania, 1732, 1799, 1949, 1974
- Sketch of the history of St. James' Parish, Lancaster
- Rev. John Waldschmidt memorial, 1724-1786
- The 200th anniversary brochure of the Swamp Reformed Church and its organizations, Blainsport, Pennsylvania
- History of Ephrata Congregation, 1872-1922
- History of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lancaster, Penna., Septmber 22d, 1867
- A brief history of the United Brethren's Congregation at Lititz, Pa., from 1742 to 1857
- A history of Bethany Charge of the Reformed Church, in Lancaster County, Pa.
- 200th anniversary corner-stone laying 1761-1961, the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
- A history of the Zeltenreich Church and a list of the descendants ndreas Seltenreich
- The Catholic Church at Lancaster, Penn'a
- Historical sketch of Zion's Reformed Church
- History of Pequea Presbyterian Church
- An historical sketch of Salem Reformed Church of Rohrestown, Pa.
- History of the Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church and congregation, of East Earl Township, Lancaster County.
- The Donegal Presbyterian Church, church services held as early as 1714, East Donegal Township, Lancaster, PA.
- Zion German-English Evangelical Lutheran Church Marietta, Pennsylvania
- Reminiscences of the Moravian Church at Lititz, Penn'a.
- Pennsylvania Quaker Records
- Lancaster and its people
- Lancaster County, Pennsylvania History
- Biographical annals of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
- History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
- An authentic history of Lancaster County, in the state of Pennsylvania
- History of Lancaster and York Counties
- A biographical history of Lancaster County
- Portrait and biographical record of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
- One hundred and fifty years of school history in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
- Lancaster County Indians
- Cherished memories of old Lancaster-town and shire
- A brief history of Lancaster County
- The story of Lancaster, old and new
- Old Lancaster, tales and traditions
- Historical and pictorial Lititz
- A history of the Farmers Bank of Lancaster, the Farmers National Bank, and the Farmers Trust Company of Lancaster, 1810-1910
- A history of the Octoraro Farmers Club, 1856-1946
- Bicentennial, Reamstown, Pa. 1760[-]1960
- Resources and industries of the city of Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa.
- Now and then in Providence Township, 1700-1976
- A history of New Holland, Pennsylvania
- Centennial souvenir, historical and pictorial, Mount Joy and history of Florin
- The Three Earls
- Industries of Pennsylvania, cities of Lancaster, Columbia and Mount Joy
- Souvenir book of the Ephrata Cloister
- Journal of a tour to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the spring of 1828 (a trip across Pennsylvania)
- History of Ephrata, Penna.
- One hundred years at the State Teachers College, Millersville, Pennsylvania
- The story of Wheatland
- A brief history of the city of Lancaster
- Marietta's centennial, 1812-1912
- A brief historical sketch of the first Pennsylvania State Normal School, Millersville, Pa.
- A brief history of Lititz, PennsylvaniaOtterbein and the Reformed Church
- Commemoration of Lancaster County in the Revolution at Indian Rock, Williamson Park, near Rockford
- Old memories, fifty years at the Lancaster Bar
- Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Links - Cyndi's List
- Lancaster Co. PAGenweb
- Lancaster Co. Data Collections
- The farmers' directory of Lancaster County (except Lancaster City) Pennsylvania
- Directory of Lancaster County
- Boyd's Lancaster County business directory
- The Lancaster City directory
- Directory of the city of Lancaster
- J.H. Bryson's Lancaster directory for 1843
- Directory of the borough of Columbia
- A.C. Leonard's directory of business and professional men of Lancaster, Pa. 1883
- Complete catalogue of the names of all the students who have attended the Liticademy for Boys, fr.D. 1815 .D. 1865.
- History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and directory of the principal business houses of Columbia
- Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Military Records