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Pennsylvania Deaths - What else you can try

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This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find death information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the death section of the Pennsylvania Guided Research page.

Additional online resources

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Additional Databases and Online Resources

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Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915
Pennsylvania Obituaries, 1977-2010
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Greenmount Cemetery Records, 1880-1966
Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths, 1870-1905
Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Cemetery Records
Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010
United States Social Security Death Index
Find A Grave Index
BillionGraves Index
GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014



Online Images (Browsable Only)

Some collections have not been indexed, but are available to browse image by image.

State Time Period Record Type Collection Name Repository
Pennsylvania 1700-1950 Cemetery & Burial Pennsylvania Cemetery & Burial 1700-1950 Browse FindMyPast ($)




Substitute records

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Additional Records with Death Information

Substitute records can contain information about more than one event, and are used when records for an event are not available. Because the substitute records may not be created at the time of the event, it may contain incorrect information. Search for as many substitute records as possible to corroborate information found in substitute records to help improve accuracy.

Use these substitute records to locate death information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Cemetery Records
Pennsylvania Cemetery FS Collections
Gravestone inscriptions and cemetery records may include a death date.
Church Records
See Wiki page
Church death and burial records may be available when civil death records cannot be found. To access church records, first determine the denomination.
Newspapers
See Wiki page
Newspapers contain obituaries and death notices. They often include the death date and place of the deceased.
Obituaries
Pennsylvania Obituary FS Collections
Obituaries list date and place of death for the deceased. More recent obituaries may also list other deceased family members.
Military Records
Pennsylvania Military FS Collections
May include death information for servicemen.
Bible Records
See Wiki page
Family Bibles may include dates and places of death for family members, however the accuracy of this information is contingent upon when the information was recorded.





Improve searching

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Tips for finding deaths

Successfully finding death records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth or death.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
  • Search state. Search using the state name only instead of by county.




Why the record may not exist

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Known Record Gaps

Records Start

  • 1906 Statewide Registration.
  • 1916 Compliance to Statewide Registration.



Records Destroyed
The following counties had record loss. Click on the county for more information.










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