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How to Obtain Pennsylvania Death Certificates

The law was initiated in the state of Pennsylvania that asked made every citizen liable to the state of Pennsylvania to get his/her vital events registered with the state office in January 1906. Before the introduction of the law in the year 1906, the town offices were doing the same thing unofficially for their own ease. There was minimal compliance from the lower administration of the state on this act and due to which there are some flaws and incompleteness found in the available data of the vital events these days. The state established a department named The State Department of Health in 1906 just after the legislation for the statewide registration of the vital events and after the formation of the department, the department ordered all the town or county officers to send the copies of prior birth and death information to them so that, the department can properly maintain the available data of vital events. The repositories for these records, however, are not centralized in one location and are available at different location.

However, for the previous records (before 1906), you can write to the clerk of the county in question who is responsible for the issuance of the certificates and collection of and maintenance of the older vital statistics records with himself.

Death records or death certificates (MCCD), Are a substantial part of the legal process. This significant information is vital to state and local government official. The state death record database contains information about a person's death, location, date, time, residence. Sometimes the names of the mother and father, and Even the physician who declares vital statistics and the cause of a person's death. Death records have long been used to help with ancestry, research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the death takes place.

Pennsylvania County Death Records

Adams County
Allegheny County
Armstrong County
Beaver County
Bedford County
Berks County
Blair County
Bradford County
Bucks County
Butler County
Cambria County
Cameron County
Carbon County
Centre County
Chester County
Clarion County
Clearfield County
Clinton County
Columbia County
Crawford County
Cumberland County
Dauphin County
Delaware County
Elk County
Erie County
Fayette County
Forest County
Franklin County
Fulton County
Greene County
Huntingdon County
Indiana County
Jefferson County
Juniata County
Lackawanna County
Lancaster County
Lawrence County
Lebanon County
Lehigh County
Luzerne County
Lycoming County
McKean County
Mercer County
Mifflin County
Monroe County
Montgomery County
Montour County
Northampton County
Northumberland County
Perry County
Philadelphia County
Pike County
Potter County
Schuylkill County
Snyder County
Somerset County
Sullivan County
Susquehanna County
Tioga County
Union County
Venango County
Warren County
Washington County
Wayne County
Westmoreland County
Wyoming County
York County


Pennsylvania Death Record Certificates and Obituaries

State of Pennsylvania Department of Health
Division of Vital Statistics
101 S. Mercer Street
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103
Tel: 724-656-3100