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I am looking to find Washington county tax or plat maps. Where I'm from in York county, we have an online GIS system that allows me to look at individual property parcels, exact property lines, and property ownership. Washington county courthouse maybe?
 

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Yes, Wash County doesn't have an online system. I forget which office in the courthouse that you get them, but that is where you have to go. I think it might be the tax assessors office.
 

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Thats what I figured. Its a shame theres no online gis system like for york, but I'll have to swing by the courthouse in the spring sometime and check out what they have to offer
 

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Thats what I figured. Its a shame theres no online gis system like for york, but I'll have to swing by the courthouse in the spring sometime and check out what they have to offer
You need to go to the assessment office in the courthouse. You will need to look at the tax maps and write down the parcel info/numbers. Then you can tell them what numbers you wrote down, and they will pull the cards with owner info, and where to find the deed.
 

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every county is different. some have everything on computer(lawrence), others still have everything on paper(mercer).

another easier option is a plat book. you can usually get them at the soil conservation district office in whatever county your looking at. black lines on white paper, but you can see who owns property in an area pretty easy with one, although they're not perfect. the tax assessors office is the final word, but plat books are easier and you can take it home.
 

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Actually in Washington County, you can purchase a platt book. It has maps of all the townships with the property owners listed on the properties and are available I believe at the assessment office. They are pretty handy.
 

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Cspot, I was just thinking about this exact thing. I saw an older one at a local magistrate's office. I was out driving in some areas of the county the other day thinking about trying to obtain permission on some new properties.
 

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Just a quick tip.. I have a Zillow app on my i-phone.. It's a free real estate app.. If you do a search for nearby homes it brings up a map, with your location, and shows property lines.. It doesn't have it on an aerial map on the phone, but most real estate sites (zillow, trulia, realtor) have property lines shown. I know they're not exact, but from my experience they're pretty darn accurate.
 

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Those aps use property line information that has been already uploaded to the internet. In some areas, you can see property lines right on google maps, but only if that information is available online. Looks like ill be buying a plat book and cross referencing with google earth...
 

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Looks like ill be buying a plat book and cross referencing with google earth...
That is what I do. You can't always tell where the property lines are for sure, but you can get pretty close. You can also see if a property owner owns other parcels nearby. Sometimes you may get permission to hunt more than one farm.
 

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don't trust a plat book. use it as a guide only, there too many mistakes to trust it too much. the map of pa on the front of all my plat books is missing several counties.
 
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