Searching historical government records begins 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!
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.