Vital Records Pennsylvania State Archives Original birth certificates for and death certificates for are available at the State Archives. Copies may be requested by mail. To find earlier records, consult county records or nongovernmental sources such as church registers, gravestone inscriptions, and newspapers because prior to , Pennsylvania births and deaths were recorded only sporadically by the counties and some cities, such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Pennsylvania Department of Health The Department of Health's Division of Vital Records maintains birth and death events that occur in Pennsylvania from to the present. Marriage and divorce certificates filed in Pennsylvania are not available from the Division of Vital Records.
These certificates are usually obtained from the courthouse in the county where the marriage license was issued or divorce decree was granted. Philadelphia City Archives Contains birth records from about to Contains death records from about to Philadelphia City Archives Contains deed records from to Philadelphia Department of Records Contains deed records from to the present. Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment The Office of Property Assessment is the City agency whose staff is charged with establishing real property values which serve as the basis for real estate taxes levied by the City of Philadelphia.
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Each result included in this collection with have both a transcript and an image of the source document e. Transcripts will often include the following information:. Images may be able to provide additional details, such as who were named as godparents.
This can be useful to you in your genealogical research as the godparents would likely be either family members or close family friends.