Adams County, Pennsylvania Register & Recorder - Karen Heflin
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AS OF MAY 12, 2020

We are happy to announce that Adams County RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE IS OPEN as of Monday, May 11, 2020.



Scheduled appointments for counter assistance will help us limit the number of people in our small office lobby area at any given time.

Please contact our office to set up an Appointment at: 717.337.9826 or email:,,

A secure DROP-OFF Receptacle is available outside the courthouse doors (under the roof area) to save time of coming inside the building during work-day hours.  We will check the box throughout the day. Please use binder clips and/or envelopes to secure that your work is in order.

If you need to just stop by to check your Attorney box, you will still need to get in the waiting line.   Please follow the floor lines posted in the courthouse main lobby to enter the Register & Recorder office waiting lane [located along the service elevator wall] in the courthouse lobby, and wait for your turn to enter the Register & Recorder office. As you approach our Entrance door, kindly STOP TO WAIT for a staff member to prompt you to enter. 

PUBLIC TERMINAL SEARCHING: (title searchers, attorneys & staff and public):

Public terminals are available for public searching in the lower level.  No public terminal searching is available in the Register & Recorder Office at this time.   You will be able to have access to Register & Recorder records, Prothonotary Civil records, and Tax Services records on the public terminals.

LOCATION:  The lower level floor where the Public Defender’s office used to be located.

We are happy to announce that Adams County IN-OFFICE Estate Probates will be available on Monday, May 11, 2020  * BY APPOINTMENT  *   

 ·        Scheduled appointments will help us limit your wait-time as well as the number of people in our small Register of Wills & Recorder of Deeds lobby area at any given time. We will strive to keep to the scheduled appointment time as much as possible.

 ·        VIRTUAL ESTATES ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.   Please contact our office to set up a virtual estate appointment at 717.337.9826, or email or

 Please follow these helpful steps to probate in the office:

 ·        Contact the Register of Wills Office to schedule a specific appointment to probate.   Tele:  717.337.9826 

 ·        Plan to appear in person with only directly-related parties  (executor, administrators, non-subscribing witnesses) to minimize the amount of people to be in our office lobby.  Those not directly-related to the estate should wait outside the courthouse building.


Thank you in advance for your understanding during our gradual re-opening and as we try to format procedures that work for the safety of everyone. 


UPDATED as of 03/19/2020: You can now search estate records wtith images!

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