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The Adams County Historical Society offers a comprehensive collection of research material that includes official county records, manuscript collections, photographs and media, artifacts, compiled research, and much more. Use the links below to access finding aids and indexes from our library, archival, and photographic collections.

Genealogy Resources:
Great War Veterans Database
 - Introduction & Users Guide
 - Full Database
- Document Files

Getting Started: Family History Research
Abstracts of South Central Pennsylvania Newspapers (1785-1790,1791-1795,1796-1800)
Marriage and Death Notices in Gettysburg Newspapers, 1800-1899
Family File Index
Family Histories Index
Family Collections Index
Church Records Index
Estate Files Index
Abstracts of Adams County Wills, 1745-1800
Abstracts of Adams County Wills, 1826-1850
Poor Children Listed in Tax Assessment Books, 1813-1842
Poor Veterans' Burial Records, 1886-1911
Tombstone Inscriptions Index
Marriage, Deaths & Events - Newspaper References, 1800-1825
1790 Census - Adams County Index
1830 Census - Adams County Index
1858 Adams County Map Name Index
1872 Adams County Atlas Name Index
1888 Gettysburg Directory (Warren)
1903 Gettysburg Directory
Gettysburg & Adams County Directories & Telephone Books Index
Adams County Almshouse (Poor House) Register, 1874-1928
Adams County United States Colored Troops Index
Adams County Clergymen Index
Adams County Soldiers Who Died in Service
Newspapers on Microfilm
Criminal Cases Index
Tavern License Index
Death Certificates, 1852-1855
Lincoln Cemetery Community Database - a database for Black history research in Adams County

Property Research:
Getting Started: Property Research
Grantor/Grantee Deed Index
Tax Records Index
Low Dutch Settlement 
Maps Index
Gettysburg Historic Building Surveys Index
Index of Digges' Choice Land Map

Other Resources:
PastPerfect Online Database (Search over 60,000 ACHS photographs and cataloged records!)
Walter and Janice Lane Photographic Collection - Index
Walter and Janice Lane Photographic Collection - Scanned Images
County Records at the Adams County Historical Society
Subject File Index
Subject Collections Index
Civilian Accounts of the Battle of Gettysburg
Battle of Gettysburg Library Index
Civil War Damage Claims Index - Adams County Residents
Gettysburg Battlefield Regiment Flank Marker Maps
ACHS Microfilm Holdings


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