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Research Guide to Land Records

Deeds were recorded beginning on May 10, 1729, in Lancaster County. Early land records, which include applications, warrants, surveys, and patents, are available at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg.

The historical society holds microfilm copies of grantee and grantor indices for 1729-1894 and deed books dating from 1729-1894 and 1935-1958. To access deeds since 1958, researchers should visit the Lancaster County Office of Records and Archives Service or visit the Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds website. Learn more about researching land records in Lancaster County by visiting the House History section of our site.

Our Archives holds original property tax records for Lancaster City and most Lancaster County townships from the mid-19th century into the 1930s (dates and availability of records vary).

Researchers can also consult the reading room resources listed below.


18th Century

  • Duffin, Guide to the Mortgages of the General Loan Office of the Province of Pennsylvania, 1724-1756 (929.37481 D857g)
  • Egle, ed. Early Pennsylvania Land Records: Minutes of the Board of Property of the Province of Pennsylvania (929.34 E31)
  • Gilbert, The Warrant Maps of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Including an Every-Name Index (LC 910 G464)
  • Hawbaker, Warantee Township Maps of Lancaster County (LC 016 H389)
  • Hawbaker and Groff, A New Index, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, before the Federal Census 5 vols. (300 H389)
  • Lancaster County Direct Tax of 1798 (microfilm drawer no. 6)
  • Lancaster County Mortgage Index, 1729-1940 (microfilm drawer no. 5)
  • Lancaster County Township Tax Records, ca. 1750-1846 (microfilm drawer no. 6)
  • Lancaster County Warrant Register (microfilm drawer no. 15)
  • Martin, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Land Records, 1729-1750 and Land Warrants, 1710-1742 (LC 333.3 M382)
  • Mayhill, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Deed Abstracts & Revolutionary War Oaths of Allegiance; Deed Books "A" through "M", 1729 through ca. 1770, with Adjoining Landowners & Witnesses (929.34 M469)
  • Pennsylvania Archives Series 2, vol. 19 and Series 3, vols. 1, 3, and 24 (974.8 P415a)
  • Stemmons and Stemmons, comps., Pennsylvania in 1780: A Statewide Index of circa 1780 Pennsylvania Taxlist (929.35 S824)
  • Weinberg and Slattery, comps., Warrants and Surveys of the Province of Pennsylvania Including the Three Lower Counties, 1759 (929.34 W423)

  19th Century

  • Atlas of Surveys of the County of Lancaster, State of Pennsylvania: Compiled from Actual Surveys, City and County Records (1899)
  • Bridgens' Atlas of Lancaster Co., Penna. (1864)
  • Everts and Stewart, 1875 Historical Atlas of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
  • Hawbaker, Index to the Joshua Scott Map of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, January 1, 1824 (LC 016 H389s)
  • Index of Original Deeds (1746-1911) held in historical society Archives (Access database)
  • Lancaster City and County Directories
  • Lancaster City Warrants, 1835-1891
  • Lancaster County Direct Tax of 1815 (Archives)
  • Lancaster County Mortgage Books, 1812-1848 (microfilm drawer no. 5)
  • Lancaster County Mortgage Index, 1729-1940 (microfilm drawer no. 5)
  • Lancaster County Township Tax Records, ca. 1750-1846 (microfilm drawer no. 6)

20th Century

  • Lancaster City and County Directories
  • Lancaster County Mortgage Index, 1729-1940 (microfilm drawer no. 5)

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