Genealogy Research: Historical Indexes

Searching historical government records starts with finding the appropriate index.  Indexes are the gateway or finding aid to thousands of records within the Lancaster County Archives.   Many of our indexes were originally kept by courthouse clerks over a century ago.  When searching indexes, always be open to surname spelling variations as names were often recorded simply by how they were interpreted by courthouse clerks.  Discover history on your own by searching our online historical indexes on the left menu!    

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Genealogy Quick Guide

Deed and Property Research 

Deeds were recorded beginning on May 10, 1729 when the County was first formed.  Deeds are excellent sources for locating an individual at a specific point and place in time.  They are also vital links in researching the history of an old home.

Digital images of all historical deeds and indexes since 1729 are available through the Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds:
Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds   

Select "Search Public Records" and choose one of the following:

"Online IQS Infodex" (Historical Deed Index 1729-1981)   
"Online E-Film Reader" (Deeds beginning 1729 with reference)
"Records Search" (Deeds 1981-present) 

             

Additional Historical Government Indexes


Historical indexes are available online through the following county offices:
  • Register of Wills
    • Marriage Index (beginning 1948)
    • Probate Index (beginning 1933)  
  • Prothonotary
    • Divorce Index (1851-1997) (select "Index Book Search")