Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
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Location of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
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Record Description
Record Type Death
Collection years 1870-1905
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What is in Collection?

This collection consists of death registrations for the city of Pittsburgh for the years 1870 to 1905. The records are from the Allegheny County Courthouse. The records are arranged in numbered bound volumes and are chronological by month and year. The city of Pittsburgh began registering deaths in 1870. The records were house at the Allegheny county courthouse until 2008 when they were transferred to the state department of vital records. The state of Pennsylvania took over recording deaths in 1906. Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. Death records were used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Helpful facts included in the index are:

  • Name of deceased
  • Race, gender and age of deceased
  • Marital status and occupation
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Names of parents if a minor
  • Birthplace of deceased
  • Residence and length of residence
  • Previous residence
  • Date and place of interment
  • Name and address of attending physician
  • Date of Certificate and number

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How Do I Search the Collection?

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  • The name of your ancestor
  • At least one other piece of information

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

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What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to locate funeral home, obituary or cemetery record.
  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, land and probate records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Pennsylvania, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog

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Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths, 1870-1905." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Allegheny County Courthouse.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths, 1870-1905.


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The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths, 1870-1905.


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