The York County Heritage Trust is one of the only repositories in Pennsylvania that has the two major York County newspapers and their predecessors on microfilm. At this time, digital, full-text searchable versions of the newspapers are not available, nor are they available through the Trust's website.
Not every death that occurred in York County will have a corresponding obituary in the local newspaper. If an obituary did appear in the local newspaper, the details included in it vary depending on the time period. Early obituaries, when found, may only reference that the individual died, or that he died "leaving a wife and children", not bothering to mention their names.
When an exact date of death is known (e.g. February 27th, 1987), we will locate the obituary on microfilm from one (1) newspaper and provide a copy of the obituary for a $15.00 fee. When only the month and year of death is known, we will search that month in one (1) newspaper for the obituary and provide a copy of the obituary for a $25.00 fee. The research fee is non-refundable. PLEASE NOTE: On some occasions when an individual died over the weekend, an obituary may not have appeared in the local York newspapers; this is because for many years York's Sunday paper was printed by a Lancaster County newspaper company and these newspapers are not available at the Trust.
PLEASE ALLOW TWO (2) TO FOUR (4) WEEKS FOR PROCESSING.
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