Did you know that you can view Lancaster County deeds from 1729 through 1981 online? You can! Visit the Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds to use their online e-film reader to view digital versions of the deed books.
There is no online index to the records prior to 1981, so you’ll need to know what you’re looking for ahead of time. Simply type in the book you’re looking for in the Film Roll field—ie. G9, for book G, volume 9—or click the “…” button to see a list of book links. If you’re looking for an early deed book with no volume number, check out the links in the top of the film roll box. Book A is shown as 000A.
Enter the page number in the film frame field. Since the film frame number and page number are not an exact match, you’ll need to adjust the number or scroll through the pages until you find the page you’re looking for. If you start with your page number, you should land on a page that’s prior to the one you’re looking for, so scroll forward.
The image quality is not too bad, all things considered. Having scrolled through the microfilm myself, I’ve found these images to be fairly good—perhaps not always easy to read—but certainly much better than some of the copies I’ve made from the microfilm.
Although I’ve found no online index to these records, there are images online from the Lancaster Deed Books Grantors Index. I used them to put together my Huber/Hoover grantors index. You can find them at the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society’s site on RootsWeb.
Good luck with your search! If you find something, drop me a line and let me know.
Need an index? I’m working on indexing the online books for publication. I already have several books available for purchase in both print and ebook formats.