Archives Division

Government Records Beginning 1729 

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

The Lancaster County Archives was established in 1975 and is the repository for permanent records created within the County Courts.  Records such as wills, deeds, and commissioner minutes stretch back to Lancaster County’s formation in 1729 and reflect the rich history and lives of its residents. Due to their age and fragile condition, many records are available to researchers on microfilm or image. Historians, genealogists, title searchers, and engineers access the records within the archives.

Contacting Archives

If you email us at and do not receive a response within two business days, please follow up by calling 717-299-8319 to make sure we've received your request.


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.