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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Facts

When was Lancaster County, PA Created?
Lancaster County was established on May 10, 1729 from Chester County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Lancaster County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Lebanon CountyBerks CountyChester CountyCecil County, Maryland, Harford County, Maryland, York CountyDauphin County.

Lancaster County, PA Vital Records

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

Lancaster County, PA Census Records

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

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

Lancaster County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Lancaster County Courthouse

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

Lancaster County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Lancaster Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lancaster Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Lancaster Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lancaster Co. PA General and History Websites

Lancaster Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Lancaster Co. PA Military Records

Lancaster Co. PA Schools & Directories