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Adams County, Pennsylvania
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Adams County, Pennsylvania Facts

When was Adams County, PA Created?
Adams County was established on January 22, 1800 from York County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Adams County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Cumberland CountyYork CountyCarroll County, Maryland, Frederick County, Maryland, Franklin County.

Adams County, PA Vital Records

Where can find Adams County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Adams 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 Adams 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.

Adams County, PA Census Records

What Adams County, PA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Adams County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790-189019001910192019301940.

Adams Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Adams Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Adams 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

Adams County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Adams County Courthouse

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

Adams County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Adams County, PA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Adams 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.

Adams Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Adams Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Adams Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Adams Co. PA General and History Websites

Adams Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Adams Co. PA Military Records