Deeds in Trusts also known as “Deed of Assignments” record the voluntary sale of a property to satisfy a debt. When an individual or business suffered economic hardships referred to as “sundry losses and misfortunes” they assigned all their property for the benefit of creditors. Records are indexed separately by the ‘assignor’ (person whose property was sold or assigned) and list the ‘assignee’ (person or creditors receiving the property). Records beyond this time frame were recorded in regular deed books.
Search Tips: Deed in Trust records are arranged alphabetically by the first letter of the surname of the assignor. Use the bookmark feature within the index to quickly navigate to the appropriate surname section. The single letters in the left margin represent the second letter of the last name. Please provide the book and page number when requesting references.
Lancaster County Deed in Trusts (assignor surnames)