Birth Certificates, 1906
Death Certificates, 1906-1961
Beginning February 13, 2012, original birth certificates for 1906 and death certificates for 1906-1961 will be available at the State Archives (*** please note that while mail inquiries will be accepted starting Monday, February 13th, the Archives will not be open for public visitation until Wednesday, February 15th.***) The certificates may be reviewed in person during public research hours, Wednesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
An index will be available on the website of the Division of Vital Records as well as in the Archives research room.
Researchers will be limited to five certificates per request for records with known file numbers; otherwise, only one carton of files will be pulled at a time for on-site research.
Multiple requests for certificates or cartons may be made in one day; however, they will be pulled in the order that they are received. The researcher must be in the Archives research room to place a records retrieval request; no telephone or e-mail requests in advance of one's visit to the Archives will be accepted.
Copies of these birth and death certificates may be requested by mail using the Mail Reference Order Form. If the name of the person and the date of birth or death are known, the fee is $15.00 per name for requests from Pennsylvania residents, $25.00 per name for requests from outside Pennsylvania. The birth or death certificate number also will be useful in research. The research charge is $50.00 per name per hour if only the name is provided.
Uncertified copies of birth and death certificates, 1906-present, also may be obtained from the Division of Vital Records for a fee of $3.00 per record.
For certified copies of birth and death certificates, 1906-present, and for birth and death records that have not been transferred to the State Archives, contact the Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 1528, 101 South Mercer Street, New Castle, PA; telephone: (724) 656-3100. http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/gen...
The cost is MORE than it is now, and it will probably be chaotic at the Archives at first. At the very least, the index will be very helpful and in the end, we can save money on people with unknown death dates.
Thanks to a relative of a relative, who rec'd notification of the Ancestry podcast of last month, for alerting me to this change.
PLEASE EXCUSE the lack of formatting...if need be, cut and paste into a text program so you can read this wall of words...