|What are the hours of operation and admission fees for the YCHT library & archives? The library & archives is open Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 5pm with a $8 daily admission, if not a member of the Trust. Click here for membership information.
Where do I begin my genealogy and what items can I bring with me when researching? First start with yourself and write down what you know about past generations, your parents, grandparents, etc. If these family members are still living ask them questions about themselves and what they know about past generations. Then visit the YCHT library & archives and begin searching through the Family Files, see what is included in these files in the next question. We allow notebooks, tablets, laptop computers and pencils in the library & archives. See our Library Rules for library & archives policies and items that are not permitted.
What do the Family Files include? We have over 8,500 Family Files in our collection of families that were in York County. These files contain transcriptions of church records, abstractions of tax records prior to 1800, abstractions of estate files and orphans court records prior to 1850, cemetery tombstone abstractions taken in the 1930s, various newspaper clippings, correspondence, and research donated by researchers.
Is there staff and/or volunteers to help me with the collection? Yes, there are trained volunteers as well as staff that would be available to pull files, make photocopies and guide you to helpful items in our collection.
Can photocopies or reproductions be made? Photocopies can be made of most items in our collection, based on condition and size. Photocopies are made by staff or volunteers and cost $.25 per page. Reproductions can be made of larger items, photographs or ledger books that are unable to be photocopied. There is a Reproduction/Publication form that must be filled out and addition fees apply. Please note reproductions take approximately 2 weeks to process.
What is the difference between a Genealogy Request and a Family Report? With a Genealogy Request we look up one individual for the $50 fee and provide information from the sources listed on the research service prospectus. Family Reports, range in fee depending on how many pages, and are limited to certain families that were created in response to inquiries received in the 1940s and 1950s, they contain information available in the collection at the time of compilation. We no longer create Family Reports. The Family Report is one of the 12 items listed on the research service prospectus included in a Genealogy Request.
Is the collection digitized and available online? At this time we do not have any part of our collection available for access online digitally, but we do have indices to some of our special collections. Our library & archives collection consists of over 8,500 family files; 150,000 photographs; 35,000 books; over 26,000 manuscript files consisting of pamphlets, newspaper articles, brochures and other ephemera; over 5,000 rolls of microfilm; 750 ledger books; 1,200 maps; and much more.
We have a group of 8 who would like to come to do research; do we need to make a reservation? Reservations are requested for groups over six (6). We have created a Group Research Policy form which must be completed and returned two (2) weeks prior to your visit. Please note that we cannot accommodate groups larger than twelve (12) at one time.
What do I need to do if I would like to become a library & archives volunteer? We are always looking for energetic new volunteers in the library & archives. To learn more about the many volunteer positions available, click here. To set up an appointment to discuss volunteering opportunities please contact Victoria Allen, assistant librarian.
What do I need to do if I would like to make a donation to the library & archives? We prefer that donors set up an appointment with a library & archives staff member, so that we can spend time discussing your donation with you and recording the necessary information about the items. To set up an appointment please contact either Lila Fourhman-Shaull or Victoria Allen.