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The Adams County Historical Society offers a comprehensive collection of primary and secondary source material that includes 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

Guide to Family History Research

Family File Index

Family Histories Index

Family Collections Index

Church Records Index

Estate Files Index

Abstracts of Adams County Wills, 1745-1800 (New!)

Abstracts of Adams County Wills, 1826-1850 (New!)

Tombstone Inscriptions Index (New!)

Marriage, Deaths & Events - Newspaper References, 1800-1825 (New!)

1790 Census - Adams County Index (New!)

1830 Census - Adams County Index (New!)

1858 Adams County Map Name Index (New!)

1872 Adams County Atlas Name Index (New!)

Gettysburg & Adams County Directories & Telephone Books Index (New!)


Adams County Almshouse (Poor House) Register, 1874-1928 (New!)

Adams County Clergymen Index (New!)

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

Guide to Property Research

Grantor/Grantee Deed Index

Tax Records Index

Low Dutch Settlement Tax Records (New!)

Maps Index

Gettysburg Historic Building Surveys Index

Index of Digges' Choice Land Map (New!)


Other Resources

PastPerfect Online Database (Search roughly 20,000 ACHS photos and records!)

Guide to County History and Battle of Gettysburg Research

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 (New!)

Gettysburg Residents, 1860-1863 (New!)

ACHS Microfilm Holdings

Walter B. Lane Photographic Collection Index (New!)

Introduction to Military Records Research Handouts (New!)


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