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1906 -1944 Pennsylvania State Death Certificates

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1906 -1944 Pennsylvania State Death Certificates

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 3:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Jul 2014 5:37PM GMT
At 11:30 p.m.30 Jun 2014, The Pennsylvania State Archives Portal is OPEN for Pennsylvania residents.

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Pennsylvania, Spanish War Compensation, 1898-1934

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Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801

Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863

Pennsylvania, WPA Church Archives, 1937-1940

Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Applications, WWII, 1950

Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944

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The Pennsylvania Death Certificates are now online! They are available via the main website if you are a current subscriber. There is still intermittent access via Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania State Archives portal via

FYI: Pennsylvania Death Certificates 1925-1944
20th century death records from the Keystone State

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health began keeping birth and death records on a statewide basis on January 1, 1906. This collection includes death records beginning on that date through 1944. Later records will eventually be added to this collection.


The Pennsylvania Death Certificates 1906-1944 are also available to paid subscribers of
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1906 - 1944 Pennsylvania Death Certificates

About Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944

Death certificates recorded the following details:
•name and residence of the decedent
•city and county of death
•gender and race
•marital status
•age and date of birth
•place of birth
•parents' names and birthplaces
•date of death
•dates attended by physician
•cause of death
•attending physician and address
•length of stay in hospital or institution or length of residency for transients or recent arrivals
•place of burial or removal
•date of burial
•undertaker name and address
•name and address of informant

Records of stillbirths were required to be filed as both a birth and death record, so you may find records of stillborn children in this collection.

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