Register of Wills office have records dating back to 1800 when Adams County was formed, before that the county was a part of York County. Register of Wills office is a resource for genealogical information. Responsibilities are Jurisdiction over the Probate of Wills, Granting of Letters after a person dies. Letters of Administration are issued, if there is no Will. The Register is an agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s, Department of Revenue and collects Inheritance Tax for the State.
Effective May 2, 2016, I request that the address and telephone/cell number for any estate fiduciary be referenced on the Petition for Letters. This will ensure a way to contact the fiduciary should the estate become unrepresented by counsel during the administration process. Also, our office will begin to keep an original death certificate at the time of probate. We will not make copies or provide this information as public record. The death certificate will be kept in the file as part of original estate documents. Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.