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York County is bordered by Cumberland County (north), Dauphin County (northeast), Lancaster County (east), Harford County, Maryland (southeast), Baltimore County, Maryland (south), Carroll County, Maryland (southwest), Adams County (west). A Map of York County, Pennsylvania contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
York County Townships include Carroll, Chanceford, Codorus, Conewago, Dover, East Hopewell, East Manchester, Fairview, Fawn, Franklin, Heidelberg, Hellam, Hopewell, Jackson, Lower Chanceford, Lower Windsor, Manchester, Manheim, Monaghan, Newberry, North Codorus, North Hopewell, Paradise, Peach Bottom, Penn, Shrewsbury, Spring Garden, Springettsbury, Springfield, Warrington, Washington, West Manchester, West Manheim, Windsor, York.
York County Boroughs include Cross Roads, Dallastown, Delta, Dillsburg, Dover, East Prospect, Fawn Grove, Felton, Franklintown, Glen Rock, Goldsboro, Hallam, Hanover, Jacobus, Jefferson, Lewisberry, Loganville, Manchester, Mount Wolf, New Freedom, New Salem, North York, Railroad, Red Lion, Seven Valleys, Shrewsbury, Spring Grove, Stewartstown, Wellsville, West York, Windsor, Winterstown, Wrightsville, Yoe, York Haven, Yorkana.
York County, Pennsylvania Courthouse 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 York 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.
- York County Recorder of Deeds has Land Records from 1749. 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.
- York County Prothonotary / Clerk of Courts has Court & Divorce Records from 1749. 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.
- York County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Marriage & Probate Records from 1749 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.
- York County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.
York 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
York 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
York County, Pennsylvania Resources
- 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.
- York Counry Achives
- Historical Society of York County
- York County Heritage Trust
- South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
- York County, Pennsylvania Message Boards
- York County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Forum read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for York County
York County, Pennsylvania External Links
- Historical Maps of York County, Pennsylvania - PA D.O.T.
- Historical Newspapers from Pennsylvania (1719 - 1997)
- North Hills News Record (North Hills, Pennsylvania)
- Delta Herald and Times (Delta, Pennsylvania)
- The Delta Herald (Delta, Pennsylvania)
- Delta Herald Times (Delta, Pennsylvania)
- York County, Pennsylvania Books - Amazon
- York County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1749-1819
- York Co., Pennsylvania - FindaGrave
- York County, Pennsylvania, 1801-53: Trinity Reformed Church
- York County, Pennsylvania, 1764-1936: Reformed Congregation of St. Paul's/Wolf's Church
- York County, Pennsylvania, 1801-73: Canadochly Lutheran and Reformed Congregations
- York County, Pennsylvania, 1758-1800: First Moravian Church
- York County, Pennsylvania, 1763-1869: St. David's/Sherman's Reformed and Lutheran Church
- York County, Pennsylvania, 1745-1800: First Reformed (Trinity) Church
- York County, Pennsylvania, 1800-56: Emmanuel's Reformed Church
- York County, Pennsylvania, 1764-1894: Wolf's (St. Paul's) Reformed and Lutheran Church
- York County, Pennsylvania, 1764-1800: Strayer's (Salem) Reformed Church
- York County, Pennsylvania Marriages, 1800-46: First Trinity Reformed Church
- St. Luke's Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, York County, Pennsylvania, 1773-1835
- Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania Church Records
- St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, York County, Pennsylvania, 1743-99
- Pennsylvania: Reformed Congregation of Roth's Church Baptisms, York County 1818-1900
- Private Church Registers to 1800, York County, Pennsylvania
- York County, Pennsylvania: Creutz Creek Church Records
- Evangelical Lutheran Congregation at Rossville, York County, Pennsylvania, 1843-88
- Pennsylvania Quaker Records
- Mt. Zion Lutheran Church at Cedar Point, York County, Pennsylvania, 1868-1938
- History of the Kreutz Creek Charge of the Reformed Church
- York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History
- History of York County, Pennsylvania
- History of Lancaster and York Counties
- York County, Pennsylvania Links - Cyndi's List
- York Co. PAGenweb
- York Co. Data Collections
- History of the York Rifle Company from 1775 to 1908
- York County and the World War
- York County, Pennsylvania Military Records