The Historical Society of York County, now the York County Heritage Trust, compiled Family Reports on over 500 families. The reports appear to have been created in response to research queries. Abstractions were made from church records, wills, bonds, orphans court dockets, deeds, mortgages, and numerous other sources. Reports can vary in the types of items abstracted. The reports contain information that was available at the time of compilation. Many years have passed, and numerous church records and other sources have been added to the Trust's genealogy collection, but they have not been added to these reports.
The Family Reports are best suited for the researcher who has just begun researching their family history but has not yet compiled a lot of data. The Family Report provides a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) set of data about one particular family that was available at the time of compilation. They are useful to the researcher who wants to get a broad overview of a particular family's presence in York County. Researchers who need additional information about only one individual would probably find the Genealogy Request
Family Reports can be photocopied in their entirety for personal use only. The fee is a $15.00 minimum research fee, plus a charge of $.50 per page. Enter the surname you are looking for in the search box at the bottom of this page. If your first attempt is unsuccessful, please try another variation of the spelling. If a Family Report is available, complete the Research Request Order Form on the results page or at the bottom of this screen. Please be sure to indicate the appropriate volume and page total for the desired Family Report (the search results include this information).
A Brief Explanation of the Family Reports Index: Compilation of Family Reports began with George R. Prowell and his staff during the 1920s. The first two volumes, labeled "Prowell, Sanders and Lee", contain reports on over 60 York County families. These are identified in the index with an "*". As the title page describes, "Mr. Prowell made few formal reports and those in narrative form, for he apparently preferred to give the information and opinion in the course of his letters to his clients. Mrs. Sanders originated the more scientific arrangement, and when Miss Lee came to the Society she followed the same system." Henry James Young and his staff continued this process during the 1930s. The Family Reports were bound in a series of 35 black volumes and received no specific identification in the index. If a year of compilation was given, it was noted in parenthesis in the index. The staff continued these reports in the 1950s, and copies of the additional reports were photocopied and placed in a series of blue binders. They will be identified as such in the index.
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