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Re: Early Birth Records
Posted by: Tim Gruber (ID *****9026) Date: November 26, 2010 at 01:46:47
In Reply to: Re: Early Birth Records by Janice Milton Van Ness of 505

Unlike many states and except for a brief period around 1852-1855 Pennsylvania didn't start recording vital records until 1885 for marriages, 1893 for births and deaths.

The only major source for them before then is church and pastoral records. Some have been copied and are available at various libraries, archives, historical and genealogical organizations. Some are found in newspapers but the further you go back the less often they were recorded with births almost never announced in the newspapers before about 1900. Some are recorded in family bibles and justice of the peace dockets but they are rather hard to find.

For Wayne County check with the Wayne County Historical Society.

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