The land records of York County begin with the founding of the county in 1749. This book represents abstracts from Deed Book C (1764–1768) and Deed Book D (1768–1771). Future editions are planned. The county was created out of Lancaster County. At its inception it included all of present day York and Adams Counties. Adams County was established in 1800. Most of the early settlers of York County were Germans. The Scotch-Irish settlers began arriving shortly after the Germans, settling the southeastern region of the county. In many of the deeds the line of ownership reveals the relationship of parents, grandparents, spouses and others. This is especially helpful when the ancestor died without a will (intestate). The following is an excerpt from a land transaction in 1764: “... afterwards the said Nicholas Weirick died intestate leaving the afsd Elizabeth Margareta his widow and issue the afsd Katrina wife of the afsd John Flower and Elizabetha Margareta wife of George Eppler of Woodstock, Winchester Co, VA …” An index to full-names and places adds to the value of this work.
Mary Marshall Brewer
(2002), 2018, 5½x8½, paper, index, 272 pp