If you are unable to visit the York County Heritage Trust Library & Archives, we offer a limited number of research by mail services to individuals living over 100 miles from York, PA. One of these services is the Genealogy Request.
The Genealogy Request is best suited for the researcher who has already done some family research and is trying to locate more information about a specific individual. Each Genealogy Request is limited to one name of an individual. Separate Genealogy Requests must be submitted for more than one individual. Please provide as many details on the subject of your search as possible to enhance our searching capabilities. We will then attempt to locate additional information about that individual in the Trust's major genealogical reference collections and indices.
The Library & Archives has over 8,700 genealogical family files. Surnames can be spelled numerous ways, and the family files reflect many of these variations. Each family file contains various materials pertaining to that particular surname and its variations. For example, a surname file may include newspaper clippings of obituaries, weddings and engagements; short genealogies (less than 40 pages); family group sheets; pedigree charts; previous research queries; copies of original documents and photos. Materials in the family files have been collected or submitted to us over the years by volunteers and researchers. Five sets of index cards accompany each family file. These cards include abstracts from church records, cemetery tombstones, Will books and Orphans Court Dockets (1749-1850), a sampling of pre-1800 tax records, and other selected sources.
Upon receipt of the Research Request Order Form and payment, we will search the twelve major reference sources in the Trust's genealogy collection, including the family file and accompanying index cards. For a complete list of the sources searched to fulfill a Genealogy Request, please see our Genealogy Request Prospectus.
The fee for each Genealogy Request is $50 for non-members and $35 for YCHT members. This fee is payable in advance and is nonrefundable regardless of the outcome of the search. The fee includes research time and up to 15 copies from the sources searched. Additional photocopies are $0.50 each and will be limited to 20 extra copies.
PLEASE ALLOW SIX (6) TO EIGHT (8) WEEKS FOR A REPLY.
Click here for our online Research Request Order Form (payment can be made by credit card via a secure server).
Click here for our printable Research Request Order Form (form can be mailed to us along with a check).