FamilySearch Wiki:Wiki Project Pennsylvania/Tasks-Vital Records Historical RecordsEdit This Page

From FamilySearch Wiki

Revision as of 17:36, 18 July 2012 by McBrideLW (Talk | contribs)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)

WikiProject Pennsylvania Gotoarrow.png Progress Chart Gotoarrow.png FamilySearch Wiki:Wiki Project Pennsylvania/Tasks-Vital Records Historical Records

Contents

Task

Wiki Project Pennsylvania Tasks - Vital Records Historical Records

Description

To add any historical records for Pennsylvania counties found on FamilySearch Historical Records.

Instructions

General Instructions: Wherever you add the "date range", this is the range of dates available for the record you are adding to the Wiki. This will often vary from the date range given in the title of the record group. The date range is found within the tables described in the following tasks, with the exception of the tasks for Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  For these cities, the date range is that which is listed in the title.

When possible copy and paste in wiki text to arrange the collections in chronological order. Because some of the marriage databases are in the marriage template, this will not always be possible.


1. a. In FamilySearch Pennsylvania Historical Records find Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950.

b. Click on the highlighted words "Learn More".
c. Click on "Coverage Table" in the Table of Contents.
d. Determine if you county has records included in this collection (mostly IGI extraction records)
e. Add link under birth, adding appropriate coverage years.
*'''1726-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1681005|Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950}} - free index. Not complete for all years.

2. a. In FamilySearch Pennsylvania Historical Records find Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940.

b. Click on the highlighted words "Learn More".
c. Click on "Coverage Table" in the Table of Contents.
d. Determine if you county has records included in this collection (mostly IGI extraction records)
e. Add link under marriage, adding appropriate coverage years.
*'''1725-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years.

3. If your county is Allegheny or Philadelphia access FamilySearch Pennsylvania Historical Records and locate the appropriate Philadelphia or Pittsburgh city collections.

a. Add the collections under the correct heading of birth marriage or death.
b. While in wiki text, type as follows:
i. Determine the date range of the collection.
ii. Bold type the dates *'''1885-1951'''.
iii. Add the database RecordSearch link {{RecordSearch|database number|database title}}
iv. The database number is found in the database URL, the final numbers after "collection/".
v. *'''date range''' {{RecordSearch|database number|database title}}- free index with images.
vi. *'''1860-1906''' {{RecordSearch|1951739|Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906}}- free index with images.




Example

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.

Berks County has placed a searchable index on-line for birth, marriage and death records.

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

Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the Wiki Project Pennsylvania/Tasks-Vital Records Historical Records clerk's office for these records.

Example of Complete Vital Records Heading

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.

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 Wiki Project Pennsylvania/Tasks-Vital Records Historical Records 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

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.

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 Wiki Project Pennsylvania/Tasks-Vital Records Historical Records 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 Wiki Project Pennsylvania/Tasks-Vital Records Historical Records Vital Records in online catalogs like: