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Wiki Project Pennsylvania Tasks - Vital Records: Ancestry Task

Description

There are 2 parts to this task: A) Add a general Ancestry database and B) to locate pertinent vital record databases on Ancestry.com for the county.

Instructions

PART A

1. Go to the county you are working on. Edit the page and change to wikitext.

2. Scroll down to, Vital Records.

3. Add in Heading 5, "County-wide Database " It should be after the general description of the vital records for the county and before the headings of the individual birth, marriage or death records. 

4. While in wikitext dd the following under the heading you just created:

*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.

*'''Pre-1810''' – Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.

PART B

1. Search Ancestry.com (AncestryInstitution.com)

2. To the right of the webpage, click on the county you are working on. A list of all applicable databases for that county will appear.

3.Vital records are listed in "Birth Marriage and Death." Sometimes you need to click on "View all Pennsylvania Birth, Marriage, and Death" to see the full list.

4.Review the databases list in this county.

5. List each applicable database from Ancestry under the correct birth, marriage, divorce or death heading and after any written description about the heading in chronological order and then alphabetical order in the following manner:

WITHOUT DATES IN TITLE
:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29433 Marriage records of Columbia and Montour Counties] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($); book transcription.
WITH DATES IN TITLE
:*'''1876-1906''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3831 Berks County, Pennsylvania Births, 1876-1906] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($); index only.

6. When adding a database with dates in the title, repeat the dates just after the bullet in bold. Make sure to use the N–dash between the dates and anytime it is used in wiki text. The N–dash is made by holding the alt key and typing 0150:

7. After each database listed, add any helpful info about the database after the $ in the entry such as, "not complete" or "index only" or "index and images". See examples above.

8. When linking Ancestry databases, be sure to use www.ancestry.com and not www.ancestryinstitution.com.

Example

Vital Records

Birth
Marriage

Example of Complete Vital Records Heading

Vital Records

Vital records are handled by the County Orphans' Court. Between the years 1852-1855 Pennsylvania made a failed attempt to record birth, marriage and death events at the county level. While the records for that time period are available, there were few events recorded. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. Abstracts and copies of vital records are available for some counties, but most are incomplete. For the most complete set of records, always contact the County Orphans' Court.



County-wide Database
  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.
Birth

Early births 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health for 1906 and 1907. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified Birth certificate can be obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103


Marriage

Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the WikiProject Pennsylvania/Tasks-vital records on Ancestry clerk's office for these records.

  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. 
  • 1725-1976 - Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940 - free index. Not complete for all years.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.


Divorce

Divorce records are handled by the office of the Prothonotary. While no on-line indexes or records are available, records may be obtained by visiting or writing to the Prothonotary at:

Office of the Prothonotary
PO Box 549
230 E. Market Street
Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone:(814) 765-2641

Death

Early deaths 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania death records are available through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1962. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified death certificate can be obtained obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103


Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as WikiProject Pennsylvania/Tasks-vital records on Ancestry Vital Records in online catalogs like:

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