Author: Kenneth T.H. McFarland
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania did not start recording marriages before 1885 and births and deaths were not recorded until 1906. An earlier abortive attempt was in effect from 1852-1854. The main problem with this early effort was that it was voluntary rather than compulsory, and that county officials were employed as registrars. With no mandated compliance, and no penalties for non-compliance, as one might expect, compliance was very spotty. Thus these records can be a source of disappointment for their omissions, and great elation if one locates the individual sought, since these records sometimes contain certain information that is unavailable from any other source. Copied from microfilm produced by the Genealogical Society of Utah from the originals in the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, this series of records may be what you are seeking. Index.
1999, 8.5" X 11", Softbound, 85 pages
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