During the years 1893-1907 information on deaths was compiled by local tax assessors across Lancaster County. The 1893-1907 Lancaster County Death Registration is valuable since it records deaths before Pennsylvania began keeping them in 1906. It includes the following information: name of deceased, age, marital status, place of birth, occupation, date of death, place of death, cause of death, duration of last illness, and the place and date of interment. Many deaths were recorded six months or more after they occurred. Records do not include the name of parents unless they were a minor. Contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health for all deaths occurring after 1906.
Typical nineteenth and early twentieth century causes of death recorded in this death register consist of typhoid fever, cholera, consumption, scarlet fever, whooping cough, diphtheria, and simply “old age.”