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Mission Statement

The Lancaster County Archives is committed to the preservation and accessibility of all public archival documents created within the various County departmental offices.

The Lancaster County Archives was established in 1975 and is the repository for the permanently valuable records produced within the County Courts. Records within the archives such as wills, deeds, and commissioner minutes date back to the county’s formation in 1729 and survive as valuable documentation of local history. Due to their age and fragile condition, many records are also available to researchers on microfilm. Historians, genealogists, title searchers, and engineers utilize the records within the archives.

Archives Research Room Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Records will not be pulled after 4:45 p.m.

If you cannot visit the archives in person please send us an email with your request:  Lancaster County Archives  Prepayment of all records requests is required and records can be emailed directly to you.  Credit card payment can now be made over the phone:  (717) 299-8319.  There is a $5.00 minimum charge for over the phone credit card payments.



In 2010, the Archives moved from the Old Courthouse on North Duke Street to its new location in the basement of the tower of the Lancaster County Government Center on 150 North Queen Street.

Enter the lobby through Chestnut Street entrance of the Lancaster County Government Center and take the elevator to the basement level. Exit the elevators to your left and follow the signs to the archives.


Nearby off street parking is available in the Duke Street, Prince Street, or Water Street parking garages.

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