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Adams County Register of Wills

Adams County Register of Wills

About Us

The Register of Wills is a judicial officer having jurisdiction over the Probate of Wills and the Granting of Letters to an Executor/Administrator.  The Register of Wills is the starting point for the legal process of commencing an Estate administration when a person passes away, whether a Decedent has a Will or does not have a Will.  An estate administration is a legal process, and it is highly suggested that an Executor seek legal advice BEFORE initiation an estate probate. Another responsibility of the Register of Wills is to serve as Agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania/Department of Revenue in collecting Inheritance Tax paid by Pennsylvania decedents.  

The Register of Wills office is also a historical resource for genealogical information.  

The Register of Wills office is a public information office. 

Prior to 1800, before Adams County was formed, this area was part of York County.  Gettysburg is quite a historical place, and the Register of Wills office has records dating back to 1800.  HISTORY runs all through and around Gettysburg.  Just take a few quiet moments and one can feel it everywhere.  This office is happy to be a part of that historical experience!

Contact Us

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Property Fraud Alert Service

Public Record Search/eSearch

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Fraud Alert Service

PropertyCheck’ is a free-of-charge subscription-based feature that enables constituents to be automatically notified, by email or text, of any recorded document that affects their property.

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Public Records Search

Register of Wills Information Center 



Scheduling a probate appointment is suggested and encouraged before 4:00 p.m. 

4:00 p.m. will be the cut-off to begin an Estate probate. If you have a special circumstance, please call or email the office to make special arrangements. Thank you for your cooperation.


The Register of Wills office strongly suggest that an Executor Administrator see an attorney before beginning the probate legal process. An attorney is specialized to help with the many responsibilities required of an estate administration.

Holiday Schedule

CLOSED for ALL Holidays 

Recording Services

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Estate Probate
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Recording Information
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Document Center