1. Marie O.

    Kris, Thank you for this very instructive page. I was surprised to find in the index the elusive ancestor, or at least someone with the same name, living in the same county, and within the approximate life span as my ancestor. Now that I have a Will Book number and page number, where can I find the Will Books? I am hoping you will tell me they are available on line, but if they are not, how can I get hold of them? Thank you!

    1. Marie, I think you mean Orphans Court books, not Will Books, since that’s what these indexes are for. However, both Orphans Court records (1749-1881) and Wills (1749-1879) are online. You can browse the images in the “Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994” collection on FamilySearch.org

      When you click on the browse images link, the collection will open showing “waypoints” for each county. Scroll down to York and click the link.

      A new set of waypoints will appear for the online books available for York County—Orphans Court books first, then Will books. Scroll to the book you want and click the link.

      The images are the equivalent of microfilm. You will need to jump ahead to the page (and maybe book) by either clicking the forward gray arrow or entering a number in the “Image” field between the gray arrows.

      Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!

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