Friday, October 24, 2014

Pennsylvania Death Records

Pennsylvania was one of the 13 colonies, and yet it has lots of challenges for researchers. Today Ancestry has released a database with ALL publicly available death records until 1963. Marriage records are still held at the county level so are not included with the PA State Archives records.

I have a Mary Ann PROUDFOOT (as always the surname has been recorded with various spellings) who married Porter B. VanWORMER around the early 1840s probably in Meadville, Crawford Co, PA. The VanWORMER line is well documented, but Mary Ann was born ca 1826 in England so any, and all new record types available for this area are welcome news to me!! Obviously I will not find Mary Ann's death record [she died abt 1852], but perhaps I can locate another family member who lived longer and created more records. By following *that* person I may learn her parents names and where in England they came from. It's what we do, right? :-)

The database is named Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906 - 1963 and can be accessed if you have an Ancestry membership, or perhaps through your local library Ancestry edition.

Every little record helps!


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