Intestate records also known as “Letters of Administration” were filed when an individual died without a will. Intestate records provide a time frame of death, names of administrator(s), and also their signatures. Administrators were required to conduct a “true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased…” within one month and an account within one year each filed in the Register’s office. Intestate records prior to 1753 are kept at Lancaster’s Historical Society.
Search Tips: Names within this index are arranged separately by the first letter of the surname and then by first letter of given name. Names are indexed chronologically by date filed. To make your search quicker, the second letter of the decedent’s surname is written in the far left column. Use the bookmark feature within the index to quickly navigate to the appropriate surname and first name section.
Lancaster County Intestate Indexes (1729-1928) (surnames)