New Access to PA Birth & Death Records

Great news for Pennsylvania researchers! Effective February 15, 2012, PA birth records older than 105 years and death records older than 50 years, are available for viewing at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg. The recording of births and deaths has only been mandated in PA since 1906, so this year’s accessible records include births which took place in 1906 and deaths 1906–1961.

Researchers can obtain an uncertified copy of a birth or death for $3.00, at PA Dept. of Health’s website at  To find the PA State File No. needed to locate a birth or death, see instructions here:

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