Case Search
Welcome to the online Orphans' Court record search.  This feature permits free access to public Orphans' Court index and case docketing dating back to 1800. Available records include formal and informal accounts,  trusts, small estate settlements, and marriage applications.  Adoptions, gestational births, and termination of parental rights are NOT public record and therefore are not included online. Birth and death records after 1905 are recorded at Vital Records in New Castle, PA and are not on file at the courthouse. 

Please visit and click search for the following case information.
Marriage Dockets                 1885 - 1950
Orphans' Court Docket        1800 - 1853
      general index to Orphans' Court records
Please visit for marriages prior to 1973. Pennsylvania residence may search for free using this link only.  Otherwise you must create and pay for an account.  
Marriage Dockets                 1852 - 1945
Birth Records                       1852 - 1854​
Death Records                     1852 - 1854

Please visit our online web portal for records from 1978 to present.
Marriage and Orphans'       1978 - present
For further advice on where you might continue to search, contact the Adams County Historical Society.  For records prior to 1800, contact York County Historical Society.

The Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission has digitized most of the physical case records from Adams County Clerk of Courts and made them available online.  Click here to view those records.​ 
Other Resources

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
350 North Street Harrisburg PA 17120    

PO BOX 1528

You may also complete the Written Request for Access to Case Records and send it to our office with the appropriate fee and a self addressed stamped envelope.