Dauphin County Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans' Court Launches Online Public Record Search Portal

HARRISBURG, PA (October 10, 2019) – Jean Marfizo King, Dauphin County’s Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans’ Court, today launched a user-friendly online portal that gives the public immediate access to records such was marriages, estate and non-secured Orphans’ Court files and documents. Through the records management application, CountyFusion™, Powered by Kofile, constituents can now locate, review and purchase documents online.

"We are excited to launch our online search portal to provide a convenience to our constituents,” said King. “This marks the culmination of a six year-long modernization project that included the digital preservation of more than three million images. The ability to access these records online will reduce the need to travel to the office and save people time and money for parking.”

The project, funded by a county local share gaming grant and the office’s automation computerization fund, preserves birth and death records that date back to the 1800s, adoptions that date back to the early 1900s and wills dating back to the 1700s.

County code requires the Register of Will/Clerk of Orphans’ Court to maintain original records. Digitizing the millions of records that were maintained in storage is not only improving access to those documents but also saving valuable space.   

“My goal is to make doing business with the Dauphin County Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court Office as easy as possible,” said King. “We have been working diligently to digitize the records in our office for preservation and depth of records. These historical records are vital to our community and our county.”

County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III agreed and applauded King’s effort to improve access to public records and streamline services for citizens.

About Dauphin County
For more than 225 years, Dauphin County has been physically linked to one of the great rivers of North America – the Susquehanna.  Dauphin County is situated in South Central Pennsylvania along the Blue Mountains and the Susquehanna River Valley.  Its strategic location within less than a day’s driving time of over half the population of the United States and Canada, makes it a perfect place to move or expand a business.  More than 268,000 citizens call Dauphin County home, with the state and federal government, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, PinnacleHealth, Capital Blue Cross and Tyco as a few of the area’s largest employers.  From rural farms to scenic suburbs and bustling city streets to historic parks, Dauphin County has it all.