Old Pennsylvania birth and death records will be accessible beginning Feb. 15, two state agencies said.
The state health department and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission are putting birth certificates from 1906 and death certificates from 1906-1961 online at the health department’s website; once on the site, click on “Birth and Death Certificates.” Each year, a new year’s worth of records will be added to the site.
Records before 1906 will be at the county level, according to a news release from the state.
The online records will also be available at the state archives, 350 North St. in Harrisburg. They’re being made public under a law, which Gov. Tom Corbett signed in December, that makes birth certificates public records 105 years after they’re issued and death certificates public 50 years after they’re issued.
The state says researchers who go to the state archives should know the year of the event, spelling of the name they’re looking for and/or the county of birth or death.
Access is free, but it will cost $3 to order non-certified copies through the health department’s website. The state archives could charged copying fees, or research fees for mailed or emailed search requests.