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What's In the Library

Family Bibles

Family Bibles in Archives North

All Bibles on this list are housed in Archives North. Loose material from each Bible has been photocopied and placed in family files. All other material has been photographed. Bibles are tagged with family name, date of publication and language. The Martyrs Mirror's are now located in the Rare Book Collection, oversize area. (8/2014).

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Birth Records

We have microfilm copies of county birth records from 1852-1855 and 1894-1907, delayed birth records filed from 1941-1959 for births from 1869-1906, as well as an extensive collection of baptismal records from various churches in Lancaster County. Please see our Research Guide to Birth and Baptismal Records for more information.

Periodicals and Journals

Use the "Read More" button below to see a list of the periodicals and journals we currently receive. In addition to these we also subscribe to newsletters from many local and regional historical societies and museums. Articles specifically about Lancaster County are cataloged individually and can be found by searching our library catalog.

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LCHS Journal

Published since 1896, our quarterly Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society has articles of both historical and genealogical interest. Each article is cataloged individually and can be found by searching our library catalog.

Immigration and Naturalization Records

The collection includes a variety of listings of immigrants, as well as records for individuals who were naturalized in Lancaster County. Published sources include the multi-volume Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (which is also available through our online subscription to Ancestry Library Edition) and immigration records for various cultural and ethnic groups including Germans, Swiss, Scots, Scots-Irish, English, Dutch, and French. Search our library catalog for specific titles.

The naturalization records in our collection consist of microfilm copies of Petitions for Naturalization and Notes of Testimony, many of which we are in the process of entering into a searchable electronic database.

Please see our Research Guide to Immigration and Naturalization Records for more information.

Jasper Yeates’s Colonial Law Library

Jasper Yeates (1745-1817), originally from Philadelphia, was admitted to the Bar in 1765. He served as a delegate from Lancaster County to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and received a commission as Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1791. The preservation of the 1,043 volumes was stipulated in the will of Jasper’s daughter, Catharine, and the collection was placed into the care of the Lancaster Law Library Association. This Association was later incorporated into the Lancaster Bar Association, which maintained the volumes until the early 1960s when lack of space encouraged them to offer the entire collection to the Lancaster County Historical Society. Jasper Yeates’s Colonial Law Library is available to researchers by appointment only. Please Contact Us for more information.


Microfilm is available for major Lancaster newspapers and various other communities in the county. Use the "Read More" button below to see a list of the microfilmed newspapers we hold   There are also several newspapers available on-line.

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Family Files

An extensive vertical file collection of surname information contains miscellaneous material gathered from a variety of sources. Search the library catalog to see if we have a family file for a particular surname.

Atlases and maps

Lancaster County has three published atlases: 1864 (with index), 1875 (with index) and 1899 that show landowners, acreage, churches, graveyards and schools. The earliest indexed map is the Joshua Scott map of 1824. All maps are listed in the Library Catalog.

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Lancaster County deed books from 1729-1894 and 1935-1958 are available on microfilm. There is a microfilm index of Grantees and Grantors for 1729-1894.  Learn more about deeds and deed searching from our House History section, or our Research Guide to Land Records.

Pennsylvania Archives

This multi-volume set of materials, along with the earlier Colonial Records, is especially useful for pre-1800 information. It is currently available online at, free of charge.  The State of Pennsylvania also provides digital access to some of their records through ARIAS.

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