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''[[United States|United States]] &gt; [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] &gt; Pennsylvania Vital Records'' <br>'''Introduction to Vital Records'''  
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''[[United States|United States]] &gt; [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] &gt; Pennsylvania Vital Records'' {{Adoption PARoots}} <br><br>'''Introduction to Vital Records'''  
  
 
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]&nbsp;has&nbsp;additional research guidance&nbsp;on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be&nbsp;purchased from&nbsp;the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy_requests/14125 Pennsylvania Vital Records State Department of Health] or the&nbsp;County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. The Department of Health has birth and death certificates registered in Pennsylvania from 1906 to the present. Fore records prior to that date, contact the appropriate county. Marriage and divirce records are usually obtained from the courthouse in the county where the marriage license was issued or divorce decree was granted.  
 
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]&nbsp;has&nbsp;additional research guidance&nbsp;on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be&nbsp;purchased from&nbsp;the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy_requests/14125 Pennsylvania Vital Records State Department of Health] or the&nbsp;County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. The Department of Health has birth and death certificates registered in Pennsylvania from 1906 to the present. Fore records prior to that date, contact the appropriate county. Marriage and divirce records are usually obtained from the courthouse in the county where the marriage license was issued or divorce decree was granted.  
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=== Other records include:  ===
 
=== Other records include:  ===
  
*''Old German Midwife's Records, 1791-1815''. <ref>''Old German Midwife's Records, 1791-1815''. (Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=383294 383294].) </ref>The originals are at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.&nbsp;
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*''Old German Midwife's Records, 1791-1815''. <ref>''Old German Midwife's Records, 1791-1815''. (Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=383294 383294].) </ref>The originals are at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.&nbsp;
  
*Pennsylvania. Governor. ''Death Warrants, 1794-1873''. <ref>''Death Warrants, 1794-1873''. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=1016409 films 1016409]-12.) </ref>These records are warrants for the executions of convicted criminals.&nbsp;
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*Pennsylvania. Governor. ''Death Warrants, 1794-1873''. <ref>''Death Warrants, 1794-1873''. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=1016409 films 1016409]-12.) </ref>These records are warrants for the executions of convicted criminals.&nbsp;
  
 
*Funeral records issued by a funeral home include financial records (cost of casket, dressings, etc.), funeral cards given out at the time of the funeral, etc. These records usually give the name of the deceased, when and where buried, if shipped out to another funeral home, purchaser of cemetery plot, etc. The Family History Library has many records of funeral homes.
 
*Funeral records issued by a funeral home include financial records (cost of casket, dressings, etc.), funeral cards given out at the time of the funeral, etc. These records usually give the name of the deceased, when and where buried, if shipped out to another funeral home, purchaser of cemetery plot, etc. The Family History Library has many records of funeral homes.
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The Registrar of Vital Statistics at the county seat. Write for information.  
 
The Registrar of Vital Statistics at the county seat. Write for information.  
  
An example of delayed registration of births is ''Pennsylvania, Orphans' Court (Bucks County), Delayed Special Registration of Births and Index, 1941-1972''. <ref>''Pennsylvania, Orphans' Court (Bucks County), Delayed Special Registration of Births and Index, 1941-1972'' (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=265163&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Delayed+special+registration+of+births+f%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 927594-605]). </ref>
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An example of delayed registration of births is ''Pennsylvania, Orphans' Court (Bucks County), Delayed Special Registration of Births and Index, 1941-1972''. <ref>''Pennsylvania, Orphans' Court (Bucks County), Delayed Special Registration of Births and Index, 1941-1972'' (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=265163&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Delayed+special+registration+of+births+f%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 927594-605]). </ref>
  
 
=== Adoption Records  ===
 
=== Adoption Records  ===
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In Pennsylvania, divorce proceedings were usually kept by the court of common pleas. For example, see:  
 
In Pennsylvania, divorce proceedings were usually kept by the court of common pleas. For example, see:  
  
*Pennsylvania. Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia County). ''Divorce Docket, 1851-1874''. <ref>''Divorce Docket, 1851-1874''. (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=99168&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Divorce+docket%2C+1851%2D1875%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 963387]-93.) </ref>
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*Pennsylvania. Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia County). ''Divorce Docket, 1851-1874''. <ref>''Divorce Docket, 1851-1874''. (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=99168&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Divorce+docket%2C+1851%2D1875%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 963387]-93.) </ref>
  
*''Divorces Granted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from December 1785 until 1801, Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania''. <ref>''Divorces Granted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from December 1785 until 1801, Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania''. Vol. 1, pp. 185-92. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=55326&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Publications+of+the+Genealogical+Society%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 974.8 B2p v. 1; film 1698098 item 2].)</ref>
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*''Divorces Granted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from December 1785 until 1801, Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania''. <ref>''Divorces Granted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from December 1785 until 1801, Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania''. Vol. 1, pp. 185-92. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=55326&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Publications+of+the+Genealogical+Society%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 974.8 B2p v. 1; film 1698098 item 2].)</ref>
  
 
== Death Records  ==
 
== Death Records  ==
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=== Birth Records  ===
 
=== Birth Records  ===
  
The Family History Library has ''Pennsylvania, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Births, Marriages, and Deaths'' on File at the State Archives, 1852-1854. <ref>''Pennsylvania, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Births, Marriages, and Deaths''(Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=1016403 films 1016403]-8). </ref>The Library does not have 1852-1854 records for the counties of Blair, Clarion, Erie, Forest, Lehigh, Monroe, Montour, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, and Union. Cameron, Lackawanna, and Snyder counties were formed after 1854.  
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The Family History Library has ''Pennsylvania, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Births, Marriages, and Deaths'' on File at the State Archives, 1852-1854. <ref>''Pennsylvania, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Births, Marriages, and Deaths''(Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=1016403 films 1016403]-8). </ref>The Library does not have 1852-1854 records for the counties of Blair, Clarion, Erie, Forest, Lehigh, Monroe, Montour, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, and Union. Cameron, Lackawanna, and Snyder counties were formed after 1854.  
  
 
Delayed birth records are at:  
 
Delayed birth records are at:  
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=== Marriage Records  ===
 
=== Marriage Records  ===
  
*''Marriage Register of Pennsylvania, 1684 to 1689''. <ref>''Marriage Register of Pennsylvania, 1684 to 1689''. (Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=189466&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+register+of+Pennsylvania%2C+168%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 20438 item 4].) </ref>This contains mainly Quaker records in Philadelphia.
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*''Marriage Register of Pennsylvania, 1684 to 1689''. <ref>''Marriage Register of Pennsylvania, 1684 to 1689''. (Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=189466&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+register+of+Pennsylvania%2C+168%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 20438 item 4].) </ref>This contains mainly Quaker records in Philadelphia.
  
*Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council. ''Marriage Bonds, 1784-1786''. <ref>''Marriage Bonds, 1784-1786''(Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=685442&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+bonds%2C+1784%2D1786%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 1759093 item 2] through [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=685442&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+bonds%2C+1784%2D1786%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 1759094 item 1].) </ref>These records are alphabetically arranged by male applicant and are all at Philadelphia. They are probably the same records as those abstracted in Pennsylvania Archives, series 6, volume 6, pp. 285- 310.
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*Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council. ''Marriage Bonds, 1784-1786''. <ref>''Marriage Bonds, 1784-1786''(Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=685442&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+bonds%2C+1784%2D1786%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 1759093 item 2] through [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=685442&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+bonds%2C+1784%2D1786%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 1759094 item 1].) </ref>These records are alphabetically arranged by male applicant and are all at Philadelphia. They are probably the same records as those abstracted in Pennsylvania Archives, series 6, volume 6, pp. 285- 310.
  
*Pennsylvania. Bureau of Vital Statistics. ''Marriage Records, 1885-1889''. <ref>''Marriage Records, 1885-1889'' (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=11462&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+records%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 1027957-8].) </ref>The males are listed on the first film and the females on the second.
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*Pennsylvania. Bureau of Vital Statistics. ''Marriage Records, 1885-1889''. <ref>''Marriage Records, 1885-1889'' (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=11462&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+records%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 1027957-8].) </ref>The males are listed on the first film and the females on the second.
  
 
Individual counties or cities have recorded marriages. Some cities began keeping records in the early 1800s. Counties which kept birth and death records for the years 1852-1854 usually kept marriage records for the same time period. Most counties began keeping marriage records in October 1885. You can obtain copies from the clerk of the orphans' court in the appropriate county.  
 
Individual counties or cities have recorded marriages. Some cities began keeping records in the early 1800s. Counties which kept birth and death records for the years 1852-1854 usually kept marriage records for the same time period. Most counties began keeping marriage records in October 1885. You can obtain copies from the clerk of the orphans' court in the appropriate county.  
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The Family History Library has copies of many marriage records, usually from 1885 to 1920, although some are earlier. For Philadelphia City and County, the library has:  
 
The Family History Library has copies of many marriage records, usually from 1885 to 1920, although some are earlier. For Philadelphia City and County, the library has:  
  
*''Early Marriage Papers of Philadelphia County,1752- 1804''. <ref>Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=189484&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Early+marriage+papers+of+Philadelphia+Co%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 20438 item 8]. </ref>
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*''Early Marriage Papers of Philadelphia County,1752- 1804''. <ref>Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=189484&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Early+marriage+papers+of+Philadelphia+Co%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 20438 item 8]. </ref>
  
*''Marriages in Philadelphia, 1808-1895''. <ref>Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=272859&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriages+in+Philadelphia%2C+1808%2D1880%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 381275-8]. </ref>
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*''Marriages in Philadelphia, 1808-1895''. <ref>Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=272859&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriages+in+Philadelphia%2C+1808%2D1880%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 381275-8]. </ref>
  
*''Marriage Register of Philadelphia County, 1814 to 1839''. <ref>Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=189470&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+register+of+Philadelphia+County%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 20438 item 5.] </ref>
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*''Marriage Register of Philadelphia County, 1814 to 1839''. <ref>Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=189470&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+register+of+Philadelphia+County%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 20438 item 5.] </ref>
  
*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. ''Certificates of Marriages Before John Dennis, Alderman of Philadelphia, 1846-1852''. <ref>Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=193210&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Certificates+of+marriages+before+John+De%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 20447 item 3]. </ref>
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*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. ''Certificates of Marriages Before John Dennis, Alderman of Philadelphia, 1846-1852''. <ref>Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=193210&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Certificates+of+marriages+before+John+De%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 20447 item 3]. </ref>
  
*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Mayor. ''Marriage Records, 1857-1938''. <ref>Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=979012&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Philadelphia+mayor%27s+marriage+records%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 974.811 V28k] </ref>
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*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Mayor. ''Marriage Records, 1857-1938''. <ref>Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=979012&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Philadelphia+mayor%27s+marriage+records%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 974.811 V28k] </ref>
  
*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. ''Marriage Returns, 1860-1885, Filed by Person Performing the Ceremony''. <ref>28 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=605351&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+returns%2C+1860%2D1885%2C+filed%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 1764889]. </ref>These records are returns of marriages arranged quarterly under the name of the person performing the marriage. They include the date of ceremony, the name, age, place of birth, and residence of parties involved; and the groom's occupation and race. The records are the source for:
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*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. ''Marriage Returns, 1860-1885, Filed by Person Performing the Ceremony''. <ref>28 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=605351&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+returns%2C+1860%2D1885%2C+filed%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 1764889]. </ref>These records are returns of marriages arranged quarterly under the name of the person performing the marriage. They include the date of ceremony, the name, age, place of birth, and residence of parties involved; and the groom's occupation and race. The records are the source for:
  
*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. ''Marriage Register, 1860-1885''. <ref>7 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=250079&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+register%2C+1860%2D1885%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 978997]. </ref>These films are difficult to read in many places.
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*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. ''Marriage Register, 1860-1885''. <ref>7 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=250079&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+register%2C+1860%2D1885%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 978997]. </ref>These films are difficult to read in many places.
  
*Pennsylvania. Magistrate's Court (Philadelphia). ''Record of Marriages, 1880-1908, in Magistrate's Court No. 9''. <ref>Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=232553&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Record+of+marriages%2C+1880%2D1908%2C+in%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 475647]. </ref>
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*Pennsylvania. Magistrate's Court (Philadelphia). ''Record of Marriages, 1880-1908, in Magistrate's Court No. 9''. <ref>Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=232553&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Record+of+marriages%2C+1880%2D1908%2C+in%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 475647]. </ref>
  
*Philadelphia County (Pennsylvania). ''Clerk of the Orphans' Court. Affidavit of Applicant for Marriage License 1885-1915; Index 1885-1916''. <ref>598 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=217392&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Affidavit+of+applicant+for+marriage+lice%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 1290579]. </ref>
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*Philadelphia County (Pennsylvania). ''Clerk of the Orphans' Court. Affidavit of Applicant for Marriage License 1885-1915; Index 1885-1916''. <ref>598 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=217392&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Affidavit+of+applicant+for+marriage+lice%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 1290579]. </ref>
  
 
Justice of the Peace records may contain marriages before 1885. The library has these records from the counties of Beaver, Chester, Dauphin, Greene, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, and Somerset. For example see:  
 
Justice of the Peace records may contain marriages before 1885. The library has these records from the counties of Beaver, Chester, Dauphin, Greene, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, and Somerset. For example see:  
  
*Potter County (Pennsylvania). ''Justice of the Peace. Records, 1865-1927''. <ref>Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=591293&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Records%2C+1865%2D1927%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 1421828]. </ref>This source contains summons, warrants, and marriages. It also includes typewritten indexes to the records and a separate typewritten index to marriages (1865-1896).
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*Potter County (Pennsylvania). ''Justice of the Peace. Records, 1865-1927''. <ref>Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=591293&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Records%2C+1865%2D1927%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 1421828]. </ref>This source contains summons, warrants, and marriages. It also includes typewritten indexes to the records and a separate typewritten index to marriages (1865-1896).
  
*Bucks County (Pennsylvania). ''Justice of the Peace. Register of Marriages Performed by Lewis Swift, a Justice of the Peace of Bensalem Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1835-1839''. <ref>Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=193203&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Register+of+marriages+performed+by+Lewis%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 20447 item 3]. </ref>
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*Bucks County (Pennsylvania). ''Justice of the Peace. Register of Marriages Performed by Lewis Swift, a Justice of the Peace of Bensalem Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1835-1839''. <ref>Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=193203&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Register+of+marriages+performed+by+Lewis%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 20447 item 3]. </ref>
  
 
Published records include the following:  
 
Published records include the following:  
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Marriage licenses for 1742 to 1790 (mostly for 1744 to 1776) are in:  
 
Marriage licenses for 1742 to 1790 (mostly for 1744 to 1776) are in:  
  
*''Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1790'' <ref>''Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1790''. 1968. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland.: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=1023537&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Pennsylvania+marriages+prior+to+1790%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 974.8 V2n; film 823832 item 2].) This was reprinted from Pennsylvania Archives, series 2, volume 2. </ref>
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*''Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1790'' <ref>''Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1790''. 1968. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland.: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=1023537&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Pennsylvania+marriages+prior+to+1790%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 974.8 V2n; film 823832 item 2].) This was reprinted from Pennsylvania Archives, series 2, volume 2. </ref>
  
 
=== Additional marriage records are in:  ===
 
=== Additional marriage records are in:  ===
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*''List of Marriage Licenses Issued in the Secretary's Office From August 1755 through April 1759''. <ref>Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine 21 (1960): 312-27. </ref>See the [[Pennsylvania Periodicals|"Periodicals]]" page.
 
*''List of Marriage Licenses Issued in the Secretary's Office From August 1755 through April 1759''. <ref>Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine 21 (1960): 312-27. </ref>See the [[Pennsylvania Periodicals|"Periodicals]]" page.
  
*''Record of Pennsylvania Marriages, Prior to 1810''. <ref>2 vols. 1880. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1968. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=545541&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Record+of+Pennsylvania+marriages%2C+prio%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 974.8 V2r; fiche 6049248-9.] </ref>This was reprinted from Pennsylvania Archives, series 2, volumes 8 and 9, and is mostly from church records.
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*''Record of Pennsylvania Marriages, Prior to 1810''. <ref>2 vols. 1880. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1968. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=545541&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Record+of+Pennsylvania+marriages%2C+prio%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 974.8 V2r; fiche 6049248-9.] </ref>This was reprinted from Pennsylvania Archives, series 2, volumes 8 and 9, and is mostly from church records.
  
 
== Death Records  ==
 
== Death Records  ==
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<br>The Family History Library has over 1,000 microfilms, some of which are:  
 
<br>The Family History Library has over 1,000 microfilms, some of which are:  
  
*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. ''Birth Registers, 1860-1903'', For the City of Philadelphia. <ref>On 56 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=1289345 1289345]. </ref>
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*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. ''Birth Registers, 1860-1903'', For the City of Philadelphia. <ref>On 56 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=1289345 1289345]. </ref>
  
*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). ''Board of Health. Birth Returns, 1904-1915, Filed by Physician, Midwife, or Hospital''. <ref>197 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=153236&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Birth+returns%2C+1904-1915%2C+filed+by++ 1373643]. </ref>
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*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). ''Board of Health. Birth Returns, 1904-1915, Filed by Physician, Midwife, or Hospital''. <ref>197 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=153236&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Birth+returns%2C+1904-1915%2C+filed+by++ 1373643]. </ref>
  
*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Bureau of Health. ''Birth Index Cards, 1904-1915, for Philadelphia''. <ref>Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=153236&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Birth+returns%2C+1904-1915%2C+filed+by++ 1373643]-817. </ref>
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*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Bureau of Health. ''Birth Index Cards, 1904-1915, for Philadelphia''. <ref>Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=153236&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Birth+returns%2C+1904-1915%2C+filed+by++ 1373643]-817. </ref>
  
*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Department of Public Health. ''Burial Records, 1807-1840''. <ref>Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=381249 381249]-58. </ref>
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*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Department of Public Health. ''Burial Records, 1807-1840''. <ref>Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=381249 381249]-58. </ref>
  
*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Department of Public Health. ''Death Records, 1832-1860''. <ref>Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=381242 381242]-8. </ref>
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*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Department of Public Health. ''Death Records, 1832-1860''. <ref>Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=381242 381242]-8. </ref>
  
*Pennsylvania Historical Survey. Work Projects Administration. ''Index to Registration of Deaths, City of Philadelphia, 1803-1860''. <ref>Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=978982 films 978982]-96.</ref>
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*Pennsylvania Historical Survey. Work Projects Administration. ''Index to Registration of Deaths, City of Philadelphia, 1803-1860''. <ref>Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=978982 films 978982]-96.</ref>
  
*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. ''Death Registers, 1860-1903''. <ref>54 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=1289360 1289360]. </ref>
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*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. ''Death Registers, 1860-1903''. <ref>54 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=1289360 1289360]. </ref>
  
*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Bureau of Health. ''Death Certificates, 1904-1915: Death Indexes, 1904-1915''. <ref>On 781 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=1289374 1289374]. </ref>
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*Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Bureau of Health. ''Death Certificates, 1904-1915: Death Indexes, 1904-1915''. <ref>On 781 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=1289374 1289374]. </ref>
  
 
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=== '''Published records include:'''  ===
 
=== '''Published records include:'''  ===
  
*''Early Pennsylvania Births, 1675-1875''. <ref>Charles Adam Fisher. ''Early Pennsylvania Births, 1675-1875''. Reprint of 1947 edition; Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979 (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;callno=974.8+V2fi book 974.8 V2fi]; [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=282865&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Early+Pennsylvania+births%2C+1675-1875++ fiilm&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;982335].) </ref>This book contains church and cemetery records as well as birth dates, many from sources never before published, in the counties of Berks, Juniata, Lebanon, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union. An index to this is:
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*''Early Pennsylvania Births, 1675-1875''. <ref>Charles Adam Fisher. ''Early Pennsylvania Births, 1675-1875''. Reprint of 1947 edition; Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979 (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;callno=974.8+V2fi book 974.8 V2fi]; [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=282865&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Early+Pennsylvania+births%2C+1675-1875++ fiilm&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;982335].) </ref>This book contains church and cemetery records as well as birth dates, many from sources never before published, in the counties of Berks, Juniata, Lebanon, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union. An index to this is:
  
*''Complete Name Index to Early Pennsylvania Births, 1675-1875''. <ref>Santos, Carile. ''Complete Name Index to Early Pennsylvania Births, 1675-1875''. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=1597740 film 1597740] item 6.) </ref>
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*''Complete Name Index to Early Pennsylvania Births, 1675-1875''. <ref>Santos, Carile. ''Complete Name Index to Early Pennsylvania Births, 1675-1875''. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=1597740 film 1597740] item 6.) </ref>
  
*Pennsylvania Vital Records From the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine and the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. <ref>Pennsylvania Vital Records From the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine and the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography.3 vols. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983. (Family History Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;callno=974.8+V2p book 974.8 V2p].) </ref>This contains most records of births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths published in those magazines.
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*Pennsylvania Vital Records From the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine and the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. <ref>Pennsylvania Vital Records From the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine and the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography.3 vols. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983. (Family History Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;callno=974.8+V2p book 974.8 V2p].) </ref>This contains most records of births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths published in those magazines.
  
 
Newspaper accounts of deaths are valuable sources for further research. The library has numerous newspaper accounts of vital records. Many obituary records have been abstracted in published books such as:  
 
Newspaper accounts of deaths are valuable sources for further research. The library has numerous newspaper accounts of vital records. Many obituary records have been abstracted in published books such as:  
  
*''Abstracts (Mainly Deaths) From the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1775-1783'' <ref>Scott, Kenneth. ''Abstracts (Mainly Deaths) From the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1775-1783''. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1976. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;callno=974.8+A1 book 974.8 A1] no. 87.) </ref>See the [[Pennsylvania Newspapers|Pennsylvania Newspapers]] page for more information.
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*''Abstracts (Mainly Deaths) From the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1775-1783'' <ref>Scott, Kenneth. ''Abstracts (Mainly Deaths) From the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1775-1783''. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1976. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;callno=974.8+A1 book 974.8 A1] no. 87.) </ref>See the [[Pennsylvania Newspapers|Pennsylvania Newspapers]] page for more information.
  
 
== Archives, Libraries and Societies  ==
 
== Archives, Libraries and Societies  ==
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=== Inventory of Vital Records  ===
 
=== Inventory of Vital Records  ===
  
You can learn more about the history and availability of vital records in ''Inventory of Vital Statistics within Each County''. <ref>Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Historical Records Survey, N.d. (Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=283700&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Inventory+of+vital+statistics+within+eac%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 1016402].) </ref>This inventory also describes many available church records.  
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You can learn more about the history and availability of vital records in ''Inventory of Vital Statistics within Each County''. <ref>Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Historical Records Survey, N.d. (Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=283700&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Inventory+of+vital+statistics+within+eac%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 1016402].) </ref>This inventory also describes many available church records.  
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

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Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Pennsylvania Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. The Department of Health has birth and death certificates registered in Pennsylvania from 1906 to the present. Fore records prior to that date, contact the appropriate county. Marriage and divirce records are usually obtained from the courthouse in the county where the marriage license was issued or divorce decree was granted.

 
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Birth Records Marriage Records  Death/Will Records


Pennsylvania Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Pennsylvania Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. Check Pennsylvania Vital Records Online for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for Pennsylvania Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

If you are aware of other online databases, please feel free to add them.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Statewide Records of Births and Deaths[edit | edit source]

Statewide registration of births and deaths began in January, 1906, and was generally complied with by 1915. You can obtain copies by writing to:

Division of Vital Statistics
State Department of Health

Health and Welfare Building
8th Floor West
625 Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Telephone (877) 724-3258 (1-877-PA-HEALTH)
Internet: Division of Vital Statistics

State your relationship to the individual you want information about and your reason. The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are available at Vitalrec.com. You can also write to the Division of Vital Statistics for current information.

Local Records of Births and Deaths[edit | edit source]

The Register of Wills in most counties kept records of births and deaths for the years 1852-1854.

Counties began registering births and deaths by 1893. Some counties (Chester, Cumberland, Fulton) and the City of Philadelphia began about 1873 or before. Birth and death registration continued until the state took over the responsibility in 1906.

Vital records were also kept by some of the larger cities. The library has birth and death records on microfilm for the cities of Altoona, Harrisburg, Johnstown, McKeesport, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, Scranton, Wilkinsburg, Williamsport, and York.

Other records include:[edit | edit source]

  • Old German Midwife's Records, 1791-1815. [1]The originals are at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 
  • Pennsylvania. Governor. Death Warrants, 1794-1873. [2]These records are warrants for the executions of convicted criminals. 
  • Funeral records issued by a funeral home include financial records (cost of casket, dressings, etc.), funeral cards given out at the time of the funeral, etc. These records usually give the name of the deceased, when and where buried, if shipped out to another funeral home, purchaser of cemetery plot, etc. The Family History Library has many records of funeral homes.

Delayed Registration of Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Births before 1906 that were not registered at the time of the birth may have been registered beginning in 1941. To prove a birth, several witnesses were required to sign affidavits before the orphans' court which would then issue a birth certificate. Delayed registration of births began in various counties in different years, usually in 1941, and continued until about 1976.

The Registrar of Vital Statistics at the county seat. Write for information.

An example of delayed registration of births is Pennsylvania, Orphans' Court (Bucks County), Delayed Special Registration of Births and Index, 1941-1972. [3]

Adoption Records[edit | edit source]

open / closed/ state statues

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Pennsylvania recorded few civil marriage records before 1885. However, many marriages before then will be found in church records.

Divorce Records[edit | edit source]

In Pennsylvania, divorce proceedings were usually kept by the court of common pleas. For example, see:

  • Pennsylvania. Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia County). Divorce Docket, 1851-1874. [4]
  • Divorces Granted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from December 1785 until 1801, Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. [5]

Death Records[edit | edit source]

With the consolidation of Philadelphia City and County in 1854, all vital records after 1854 are found on the level for Philadelphia City.

Substitute Records[edit | edit source]

Pennsylvania Church Records

Pennsylvania Cemetery Records

Pennsylvania Census

Pennsylvania Newspapers

Pennsylvania Military Records

Pennsylvania Periodicals

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.  Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.  The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriages, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the las 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
  • Search for Vital Records in the Family Hisoty Library Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records.  Search for Pennsylvania to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by the county.

Family History Library Pennsylvania Vital Records Collections[edit | edit source]

IN THIS Section move information to County - City Pages as needed[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has Pennsylvania, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Births, Marriages, and Deaths on File at the State Archives, 1852-1854. [6]The Library does not have 1852-1854 records for the counties of Blair, Clarion, Erie, Forest, Lehigh, Monroe, Montour, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, and Union. Cameron, Lackawanna, and Snyder counties were formed after 1854.

Delayed birth records are at:

The Family History Library. Microfilm records are available for all counties EXCEPT Carbon, Chester, Huntingdon, Lehigh, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, and Union.

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

  • Marriage Register of Pennsylvania, 1684 to 1689. [7]This contains mainly Quaker records in Philadelphia.
  • Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council. Marriage Bonds, 1784-1786. [8]These records are alphabetically arranged by male applicant and are all at Philadelphia. They are probably the same records as those abstracted in Pennsylvania Archives, series 6, volume 6, pp. 285- 310.
  • Pennsylvania. Bureau of Vital Statistics. Marriage Records, 1885-1889. [9]The males are listed on the first film and the females on the second.

Individual counties or cities have recorded marriages. Some cities began keeping records in the early 1800s. Counties which kept birth and death records for the years 1852-1854 usually kept marriage records for the same time period. Most counties began keeping marriage records in October 1885. You can obtain copies from the clerk of the orphans' court in the appropriate county.

The Family History Library has copies of many marriage records, usually from 1885 to 1920, although some are earlier. For Philadelphia City and County, the library has:

  • Early Marriage Papers of Philadelphia County,1752- 1804. [10]
  • Marriages in Philadelphia, 1808-1895. [11]
  • Marriage Register of Philadelphia County, 1814 to 1839. [12]
  • Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. Certificates of Marriages Before John Dennis, Alderman of Philadelphia, 1846-1852. [13]
  • Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Mayor. Marriage Records, 1857-1938. [14]
  • Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. Marriage Returns, 1860-1885, Filed by Person Performing the Ceremony. [15]These records are returns of marriages arranged quarterly under the name of the person performing the marriage. They include the date of ceremony, the name, age, place of birth, and residence of parties involved; and the groom's occupation and race. The records are the source for:
  • Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. Marriage Register, 1860-1885. [16]These films are difficult to read in many places.
  • Pennsylvania. Magistrate's Court (Philadelphia). Record of Marriages, 1880-1908, in Magistrate's Court No. 9. [17]
  • Philadelphia County (Pennsylvania). Clerk of the Orphans' Court. Affidavit of Applicant for Marriage License 1885-1915; Index 1885-1916. [18]

Justice of the Peace records may contain marriages before 1885. The library has these records from the counties of Beaver, Chester, Dauphin, Greene, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, and Somerset. For example see:

  • Potter County (Pennsylvania). Justice of the Peace. Records, 1865-1927. [19]This source contains summons, warrants, and marriages. It also includes typewritten indexes to the records and a separate typewritten index to marriages (1865-1896).
  • Bucks County (Pennsylvania). Justice of the Peace. Register of Marriages Performed by Lewis Swift, a Justice of the Peace of Bensalem Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1835-1839. [20]

Published records include the following:

Marriage licenses for 1742 to 1790 (mostly for 1744 to 1776) are in:

  • Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1790 [21]

Additional marriage records are in:[edit | edit source]

  • List of Marriage Licenses Issued in the Secretary's Office From August 1755 through April 1759. [22]See the "Periodicals" page.
  • Record of Pennsylvania Marriages, Prior to 1810. [23]This was reprinted from Pennsylvania Archives, series 2, volumes 8 and 9, and is mostly from church records.

Death Records[edit | edit source]

Digitized Records for Philadelphia Deaths 1803-1915 w/ original images


The Family History Library has over 1,000 microfilms, some of which are:

  • Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. Birth Registers, 1860-1903, For the City of Philadelphia. [24]
  • Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. Birth Returns, 1904-1915, Filed by Physician, Midwife, or Hospital. [25]
  • Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Bureau of Health. Birth Index Cards, 1904-1915, for Philadelphia. [26]
  • Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Department of Public Health. Burial Records, 1807-1840. [27]
  • Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Department of Public Health. Death Records, 1832-1860. [28]
  • Pennsylvania Historical Survey. Work Projects Administration. Index to Registration of Deaths, City of Philadelphia, 1803-1860. [29]
  • Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. Death Registers, 1860-1903. [30]
  • Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Bureau of Health. Death Certificates, 1904-1915: Death Indexes, 1904-1915. [31]


Published records include:[edit | edit source]

  • Early Pennsylvania Births, 1675-1875. [32]This book contains church and cemetery records as well as birth dates, many from sources never before published, in the counties of Berks, Juniata, Lebanon, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union. An index to this is:
  • Complete Name Index to Early Pennsylvania Births, 1675-1875. [33]
  • Pennsylvania Vital Records From the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine and the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. [34]This contains most records of births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths published in those magazines.

Newspaper accounts of deaths are valuable sources for further research. The library has numerous newspaper accounts of vital records. Many obituary records have been abstracted in published books such as:

Archives, Libraries and Societies[edit | edit source]

Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries

Pennsylvania Societies

Inventory of Vital Records[edit | edit source]

You can learn more about the history and availability of vital records in Inventory of Vital Statistics within Each County. [36]This inventory also describes many available church records.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Old German Midwife's Records, 1791-1815. (Family History Library film 383294.)
  2. Death Warrants, 1794-1873. (Family History Library films 1016409-12.)
  3. Pennsylvania, Orphans' Court (Bucks County), Delayed Special Registration of Births and Index, 1941-1972 (Family History Library films 927594-605).
  4. Divorce Docket, 1851-1874. (Family History Library films 963387-93.)
  5. Divorces Granted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from December 1785 until 1801, Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. Vol. 1, pp. 185-92. (Family History Library book 974.8 B2p v. 1; film 1698098 item 2.)
  6. Pennsylvania, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Births, Marriages, and Deaths(Family History Library films 1016403-8).
  7. Marriage Register of Pennsylvania, 1684 to 1689. (Family History Library film 20438 item 4.)
  8. Marriage Bonds, 1784-1786(Family History Library films 1759093 item 2 through 1759094 item 1.)
  9. Marriage Records, 1885-1889 (Family History Library films 1027957-8.)
  10. Family History Library film 20438 item 8.
  11. Family History Library films 381275-8.
  12. Family History Library film 20438 item 5.
  13. Family History Library film 20447 item 3.
  14. Family History Library films 974.811 V28k
  15. 28 Family History Library films beginning with 1764889.
  16. 7 Family History Library films beginning with 978997.
  17. Family History Library film 475647.
  18. 598 Family History Library films beginning with 1290579.
  19. Family History Library film 1421828.
  20. Family History Library film 20447 item 3.
  21. Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1790. 1968. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland.: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. (Family History Library book 974.8 V2n; film 823832 item 2.) This was reprinted from Pennsylvania Archives, series 2, volume 2.
  22. Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine 21 (1960): 312-27.
  23. 2 vols. 1880. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1968. (Family History Library book 974.8 V2r; fiche 6049248-9.
  24. On 56 Family History Library films beginning with 1289345.
  25. 197 Family History Library films beginning with 1373643.
  26. Family History Library films 1373643-817.
  27. Family History Library films 381249-58.
  28. Family History Library films 381242-8.
  29. Family History Library films 978982-96.
  30. 54 Family History Library films beginning with 1289360.
  31. On 781 Family History Library films beginning with 1289374.
  32. Charles Adam Fisher. Early Pennsylvania Births, 1675-1875. Reprint of 1947 edition; Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979 (Family History Library book 974.8 V2fi; fiilm&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;982335.)
  33. Santos, Carile. Complete Name Index to Early Pennsylvania Births, 1675-1875. (Family History Library film 1597740 item 6.)
  34. Pennsylvania Vital Records From the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine and the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography.3 vols. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983. (Family History Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;book 974.8 V2p.)
  35. Scott, Kenneth. Abstracts (Mainly Deaths) From the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1775-1783. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1976. (Family History Library book 974.8 A1 no. 87.)
  36. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Historical Records Survey, N.d. (Family History Library film 1016402.)