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York County, Pennsylvania
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York County, Pennsylvania Facts

York County

When was York County, PA Created?
York County was established on August 19, 1749, from Lancaster County. The county was named for the English city of York.

What is the County Seat of York County, PA?
The County Seat is located in York and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to York County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Cumberland County (north), Dauphin County (northeast), Lancaster County (east), Harford County, Maryland (southeast), Baltimore County, Maryland (south), Carroll County, Maryland (southwest), Adams County (west).

York County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in York County, PA?
Municipalities located in York County include Townships: 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. Boroughs: 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. Cities & Towns: York. See also York County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

York County, PA Vital Records

Where can find York County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
York County vital records can be found at the Pennsylvania Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records since 1906 and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Pennsylvania for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

You can search online for York County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Pennsylvania  Birth CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail. Walk-in service is available at any of these six public offices: Erie, Harrisburg, New Castle, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Scranton.

York County, PA Census Records

What York County, PA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for York County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

York Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. York Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. York Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be found for 1890. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Pennsylvania Census Records Research Guide

York County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

York County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the York County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in York County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Pennsylvania Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • York County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 45 North George Street, York, PA 17401
    • Phone: (717) 771-9288
  • York 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.
    • Address: 28 East Market Street, York, PA 17401
    • Phone: (717) 771-9213
    • Land Records: 1749
  • York County 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.
    • Phone: 717-771-9612
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1749
  • York County Register of 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
    • Phone: (717) 771-9262
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1749 
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • York County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.
  • Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993
  • York County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1749-1819
  • Early Pennsylvania Land Records  
  • BLM Land Records

York County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for York County, PA?
A list of York County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Pennsylvania Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other York County, PA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in York County, PA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to York County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is basically a listing which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

York Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

York Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

York Co. PA Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

York Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

York Co. PA General and History Websites

York Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

York Co. PA Military Records

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