Lancaster County has an extensive history. Originally formed in 1729 from Chester County, Lancaster was one of the doorways to expansion, both southern and western. Over the years, many individuals and families passed through the area leaving pieces of their family history behind. Lancaster Public Library is just one of the many sources available to genealogists in Lancaster County.

Our Collection Includes:

  • Census records (microfilm)
  • Local newspapers (paper and microfilm)
  • Local histories
  • Atlases
  • Select collection of family histories
  • Select church and cemetery records
  • Small collection of passenger lists and immigration records
  • Lancaster City Directories

Genealogical Services:

A Reference Librarian will search materials in response to specific and detailed requests. The library charges $5.00 per name search, pre-paid. Research requests can be emailed to or sent to the Reference Department, 125 North Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602.