Pennsylvania Public Records

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Pennsylvania Public Records Resources

Vital Statistics: The Division of Vital Records maintains records for birth and death events that occur in Pennsylvania from 1906 to the present. Pennsylvania law protects and restricts the release of vital records; as such, vital records are not public records and cannot be searched online, but certified copies can be ordered online by qualifying persons.

Birth Certificates: The Division of Vital Records maintains records of births that occurred from 1906 to the present. Certified copies of birth certificates can be ordered online by qualified persons.

Death Certificates: The Division of Vital Records maintains records of deaths that occurred from 1906 to the present. Certified copies of death certificates can be ordered online by qualified persons.

Marriage and Divorce Certificates: Marriage and divorce certificates filed in Pennsylvania are usually obtained from the courthouse in the county where the marriage license was issued or divorce decree was granted. Follow the link above for a list of Pennsylvania County Courthouses.

Land Records: Commonwealth land records document transacations between the Penns or the post-revolutionary Commonwealth and the first purchaser(s) of each tract of land. Deeds transferring land titles between private citizens, either after or during the patenting process, are maintained at the office of the Recorder of Deeds for the appropriate county.

Crime Reporting Information: Access to the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting Information and Pennsylvania Policy Pursuit Reporting System databases.

County & Municipal Records: Pennsylvania's primary political subdivisions consist of counties and municipalities. Types of incorporated municipalities are townships, cities and boroughs, all of which function within a county. Local records are typically maintained by the county courthouse or municipal office, but the State Archives has copies of many records. If a local record cannot be located at the Archives, the researcher must visit the county courthouse or municipal office to examine the record.

Types of Local Records Found in Pennsylvania: Estate Records (Wills, Administration Bonds, Orphans Court Records, Inventories, Affidavits of Death, and Estate Files), Land Records (Deeds, Mortgages, Tax Records), Vital Statistics (Birth Registrations, 1852-54, 1893-1906; Delayed Registrations of Birth, recorded 1941-present; Marriage Licenses, 1852-54, 1885-present; Death Registrations, 1852-54, 1893-1906), and Court Records.

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