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Wiki Project Pennsylvania Tasks - Vital Records Other Repositories

Description

Add a template for other repositories for vital records. Add links to WorldCat, FHLC and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Instructions

1. Copy the following template and paste it in wiki text under the last information for death records:

{{Template:PA vitals repositories|Berks|389770}}

2. In the template, replace the countyBerks with the name of the county you are working on.

3. In the template, change the numbers listed with the number you obtain from doing the following:

While in the new FHLC on FamilySearch.org, select any record under the county's "vital records" topic.
1. Put your county into the search "For" field, i.e. Berks, Pennsylvania.
2. Click on the county name as it appears beneath what you are typing.
3. Select the vital records topic from the list.
4. Select any record listed in the vital records topic.
5. In the vital record, under the "Subjects" heading select the link called "Pennsylvania, (your county)– vital records".
6. Click on this blue subject link (i.e. Pennsylvania, Berks - vital Records).
7. In the upper left corner you will find a heading titled "Search" containing the term Subject Number. Under that is the heading "For" with a number. Copy the number in the "For" field.
8.Paste the number in template listed in #1 above replacing the number field in the template.

NOTE: The template links to the FHLC and will show any additional records that are added to the FHLC in the future.

Example

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Berks County Pennsylvania Vital Records in online catalogs like:

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 Other Repositories 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 Other Repositories Vital Records in online catalogs like: