Volume 1, completely digitized in 2022, became available to researchers and anyone interested in the town’s history. While Volume 1 was a compendium without underlying organization, nineteenth century York historian Nathaniel Grant Marshall, who was Town Clerk at the time, transcribed the pages in chronological order, making it possible to create an abstract of the contents. Volume 1 is predominantly land grants embracing the period from the mid seventeenth century to the first decades of the eighteenth century. Volume 1 is followed by additional abstracts for a total of eight volumes, to 1925.
Similar projects will be developed to provide profiles of the town from the seventeenth to the first decade of the twentieth century.
The abstracts of the different volumes are a deeper dimension to what appears in the pages of the town books, to establish the identities of inhabitants living in York throughout the long town history.