Author: Kenneth T.H. McFarland
Pennsylvania researchers are very aware of the difficulty of getting early vital records for their state, particularly marriage records. It did not become mandatory to keep marriage records until 1885 and deaths until 1906. A voluntary request to keep these type records was presented in 1852, but since it was not compulsory it was a hit-and miss-record keeping effort. Compliance was worse when recording births since doctors notoriously do not keep records. Preachers tend to be more conscientious so there were more marriage records than births records maintained. In every county recorded, death records were the most complete records kept. You may just be the lucky family who finds that much sought after record you couldn’t find anywhere else. Records cover the years 1852-1854.
1999, 8.5" X 11", Softbound, 63 pages
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