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State Resources — Pennsylvania

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

State office has birth and death records since January 1906. For earlier records, write to Register of Wills, Orphans Court, in county seat of county where event occurred. Persons born in Pittsburgh from 1870 to 1905 or in Allegheny City, now part of Pittsburgh, from 1882 to 1905 should write to Office of Biostatistics, Pittsburgh Health Department, City--County Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. For events occurring in City of Philadelphia from 1860 to 1915, write to Vital Statistics, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, 401 North Broad Street, Room 942, Philadelphia, PA 19108.

Marriage and divorce records are not available from the state office and must be obtained from the county (see notes below).

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records

Call (724) 656-3100 for information on record lookup fees.
Write to:
Division of Vital Records
State Department of Health
Central Building
101 South Mercer Street
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

For county marriage records, contact the Marriage License Clerks, County Court House in the county where the license was issued. Cost will vary.

For county divorce records, contact the Prothonotary, Court House, in county seat of the county where the divorce was granted. Cost will vary.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have federal census records, court cases, wills, deeds, state land records, military records, Supreme Court records from 1794-1868, photo collections, federal census records from 1790-1910, maps, church records, and newspapers.

Write to:
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
Pennsylvania State Archives
350 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0090
Telephone: (717) 783-3281
Web site:
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:00-4:00, closed Sunday and Monday.

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
215 S. Broad St., 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5325
Telephone: (215) 545-0391
Web site:
Library and galleries: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9:00-5:00, Wednesday 1:00-9:00, closed Saturday-Monday.
  Publications: Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Penn in Hand
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