|Posted on February 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM|
This week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health released birth and death indices. On December 15, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett approved Senate Bill 361, to provide for public access to certain birth and death certificates after a fixed amount of time has passed. This legislation provides that such documents become public records 105 years after the date of birth or 50 years after the date of death.
The birth indices are only available for 1906 at this point. The death indices cover the years 1906-1961. The indices open as .pdf files and are not searchable at this time, but are divided by letters of the surname.
You can order non-certified copies of the birth and death records for $3.00 each. You can find the forms for ordering on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website near the bottom of the linked page.
If anyone is researching the Isett family, my fellow researcher, Bonnie Isett Gorman, has already extracted the Isett names from the death indices, and has posted them on our https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isett-Family-History-Genealogy/188553994531325" target="_blank">Isett Family History & Genealogy page on Facebook.
There is discussion among genealogists that death records may be scanned and included on the internet in the future.
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