The Historical Society of York County, now the York County Heritage Trust, compiled family reports on over 500 families. They appear to have been created in response to research mail requests. Abstractions were made from church records, wills, bonds, orphans court dockets, deeds, mortgages, and numerous other sources. They can vary in the types of items abstracted.
This process 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 receive 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.
These reports contain the information that was available at the time of compilation. Many years have passed and numerous church records and other sources have been added to our family collections, but have not been added to these reports.
These reports can be photocopied in their entirety for personal use only. There is a $15.00 minimum request fee plus a charge of $.50 per page. Enter the surname you are looking for in the search box below. If your first attempt is unsuccessful please try another variation of the spelling. If a report is available, complete the research request order form on the results pages with the appropriate volume and page total. Send check or money order to York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403. Upon receipt of full payment, the request will be processed.
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