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Pennsylvania Vital Records
Pennsylvania began statewide registration of vital records in January 1906. The repositories for these records, however, are not centralized in one location. Below is a brief summary:
For All Areas Except Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie and Scranton
For birth and death records from January 1906, write:

State Department of Health
Division of Vital Statistics
101 S. Mercer Street
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103
Tel: 724-656-3100
Birth and Death 1906-present
http://www.health.state.pa.us/HPA/apply_bd.htm

For marriage records:
Marriage License Clerk
County Courthouse
(county seat) PA

For Philadelphia:
For birth and death records from January 1906, write:
Division of Vital Records
1400 W. Spring Garden Street
Room 1009
Philadelphia, PA 19130-4090

For Pittsburgh:
For birth and death records from January 1906, write:
Division of Vital Records
300 Liberty Avenue
Room 512
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

For Erie:
For birth and death records from January 1906, write:
Division of Vital Records
1910 West 26th Street
Erie, PA 16508

For Scranton:
For birth and death records from January 1906, write:
Division of Vital Records
100 Lackawanna Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503

For marriage records for Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie, and Scranton, write:
Court Clerk
County Orphans' Court
(county seat), PA


Pennsylvania Research Sources

Eddy, Henry Howard, and Martha L. Simonetti, eds. Guide to the Published Archives of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg: Historical and Museum Commission, 1949. Reprint. 1976.

Schweitzer, George K. Pennsylvania Genealogical Research. Knoxville, Tenn.: the author, 1986.

Rubincam, Milton. Genealogical Research: Methods and Sources. Vol. 1. Rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: American Society of Genealogists, 1980. (Chapter on Pennsylvania.)


Pennsylvania State Archives
http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/overview.htm?secid=31

State Library of Pennsylvania
http://www.statelibrary.state.pa.us/libraries/site/default.asp

Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
215 S. Broad St., 7th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5325
http://www.genpa.org/

Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
Library & Museum (Closed 11/27/97-4/13/98)
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tel: 215-732-6200
http://www.hsp.org/

Free Library of Philadelphia
Central Library
Social Science and History Department
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: 215-686-5322
http://www.library.phila.gov/central/ssh/cssh.htm

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