Pa. agencies make birth, death records available
The Associated PressAssociated Press
Updated: 02/14/2012 11:48:08 AM EST
HARRISBURG, Pa. Pennsylvania state agencies are offering expanded public access to birth and death records under a law enacted in December.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Department of Health said Tuesday new policies take effect this week that provide access online or at the state archives in Harrisburg.
The new policy makes birth certificates available 105 years after they're issued, and death certificates 50 years after they're signed.
As of Wednesday, births from 1906 and deaths from 1906 to 1961 will be made public. Before 1906, they're kept by counties. The plan is to make additional years available on a rolling basis.
Researchers should know the spelling of the name, the year of the death or birth, and the county. More flexible searches are being developed.
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