Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Archives answer phone requests?
We will answer general questions regarding our record series. We will not handle any specific research questions. Requests need to be made by visiting the facility, email, fax or regular mail.

Does the Archives accept credit cards?
Yes. We now accept credit cards for mail and email requests through the Official Payment Corp. At the current time Official Payment Corp. only accepts Master Card, Discover, and various debit cards. If you have any problems or questions with using this feature please contact the customer service number located at the bottom of the Official Payment Corp page. We also accept checks or money orders. Please do not send payment with your initial request.

Can anyone answer my request?
Yes, all staff members answer research requests.

Can the Archives scan and e-mail me records?

Does the Archives have family files, church records, census records, cemetery lists or newspapers?
The York County Archives only has county government records. You will need to contact The York County Heritage Trust for these records.

Does the Archives hold military records?
The York County Archives does not hold any military records. You will need to contact the Pennsylvania State Archives.

How can I locate birth, death, and marriage records for time periods other than those covered at the Archives?
York County Archives has birth and death records from 1852-1855 and 1893-1906. For records after 1906, please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Prior to 1906, Pennsylvania only kept birth and death records for the years we list. Government birth and death records never existed for any other time periods. Church records or family files found at The York County Heritage Trust are the best alternative.

Does the Archives have records for Adams County?
Adams County was formed out of York County in January 1800. The York County Archives holds Adams County's records from 1749-1799. After January 1800, please contact the Adams County Historical Society.

How do I find a criminal record after 1988?
Visit the AOPC website and search for the participant's name. If the case dates from 1989-1999, please provide the York County Archives with the Docket number. For records after 1999, please contact the Clerk of Courts office.