Beginning in 1849, charters were kept separately by the Recorder of Deeds in the docket General Manufacturing Book #1. Charters also known as “articles of incorporation” were formally recorded beginning in 1874 with Pennsylvania legislation to provide for the regulation and incorporation of certain corporations. Charters prior to 1849 were recorded in Deed Books. Search Charter Petitions originally filed in the Prothonotary Office for related records.
Lancaster County Charter Index (Recorder of Deeds)