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Adams County Historical Society
Our Holdings
Manuscripts & Archives
  • Dr. John W.C. O'Neal Collection patient journals and daybooks, which contain his notes related to the Battle of Gettysburg and Confederate soldier burials.
  • Elsie Singmaster Collection
  • John S. Rice Collection
  • Elizabeth Salome Myers Stewart Journal
  • Donald McPherson Papers
  • Elise Scharf Fox Collection
  • Cunningham Papers
  • Luther A. Gotwald Jr. Collection
  • Mary Himes Collection
  • Henry Stewart Collection
  • John T. Riley Collection
  • J. Howard Wert Collection
  • Cox Collection
  • Donald F. Garretson Collection
  • M. Florence Gentzler Collection
  • Annie B. Johnson (Deardorff) Collection
  • McLean Papers
  • C.C. Knox Papers
  • Hennig Collection
  • J. Arthur Wolfe Collection 
  • Willam J. Long Collection
  • Philip B. Sharpe Collection
  • George M. Zerfing Collection
  • Robert M. & Thomas D. Shealer Collection
  • Arthur Weaner Collection
  • James H. Sweney Collection
  • Wilbur E. Tilberg Collection
  • Charles E. Trump Collection
  • Maude B. (Reed) Kolda Estate Collection

The ACHS houses thousands of documents donated by individuals, families, andbusinesses including:
  • Adams County Church & Cemetery files
  • Family Genealogies: From "Abbott" to "Zinn."
  • Marriage & Death Notices; Public Sales; and Cemetery Inscription Card Catalogue.
  • Parish Register Transcripts: Many from old Lutheran and German Reformed congregations, and some from Presbyterian, Methodist, and Roman Catholic churches situated in the greater south-central and southeastern PA and Maryland areas.
  • Various Historic Maps: Includes the 1858 and 1872 Adams County atlas maps.
  • Profit & Non-Profit Businesses & Organizations Files.
  • Family Files: Correspondence and other genealogical information pertaining to Adams County families. See our Family File Index for surnames.

Business Records
  • Account books for businesses 

Cemetery Records
  • Tombstone inscriptions-40,000 cards
  • Individual cemetery files

Census Records
  • Septennial census, 1762-1821 (taken once every seven years)
  • 1850-1860 Cumberland County
  • 1850-1860 Franklin County
  • Federal census indexes 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1880
  • Federal census 1790-1930 for Adams County
  • Federal census 1790-1920 for York County
  • 1850 for Baltimore & Frederick Co. MD

Military Records
  • History of PA Volunteers
  • Revolutionary War Red and Black Series
  • Civil War damage claims
  • Civil War eye witness accounts
  • WW II discharge papers 

Church Records
  • Baptisms, marriages, etc. in over 300 Lutheran & many non-Lutheran Churches in Adams County and area
  • Adams County Clergymen list. See the Adams County Clergymen Index.
  • Individual church files

  • County & business directories
  • Telephone directories

Unrecorded Deeds
  • Deeds for Adams County properties not recorded at the courthouse