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Birth Records

What is available in Fayette County?

Births were recorded by the county from 1893 – 1905. These records are available in the Pennsylvania Room on microfilm and at the Courthouse in book form.

Also available are “delayed birth records,” which were filed by individuals who did not have their births registered and needed proof in order to collect Social Security. These records can be found on microfilm in the Pennsylvania Room or in book form at the Courthouse. While the state did require registrations of births from 1852-1855, the book from Fayette County is missing and no microfilm of it exists.

Beginning in 1906, the state began recording births. You can learn how to order a copy of a birth certificate on the website of the PA Department of Health. Some of these records have been digitized on Ancestry.com.

What can I learn from a birth record?

Birth records may note your ancestor’s date and place of birth, the names and occupations of their parents, and their parents’ current residence, among other information.

My ancestor was born in Fayette County prior to 1893. How can I find information on their birth?

Researchers often seek out church records, tombstones, and family bibles to determine a date of birth.

Marriage Records

What is available in Fayette County?

Marriages were recorded by the county from 1885 – present. These records are available in the Pennsylvania Room on microfilm from 1885 – 1916 and in full at the Courthouse. They are also available online at FamilySearch.org.

From 1852 – 1855, the state required registrations of marriages. Not many people complied, but some records are available in the Pennsylvania Room on microfilm and the Courthouse in book form.

What can I learn from a marriage record?

Marriage records typically offer a significant amount of information about both the bride and groom, including the couple’s ages, residences, occupations, parents’ names, and previous marriages. The date of marriage and the name of whoever performed the ceremony is usually also available.

My ancestor got married in Fayette County prior to 1885. How can I find information on their marriage?

Researchers often seek out church records and family bibles for marriage information. If your ancestor came from a family who was prominent in the area, a marriage announcement may also have been published in the local newspaper.

Death Records

What is available in Fayette County?

Deaths were recorded by the county from 1893 – 1905. These records are available in the Pennsylvania Room on microfilm and at the Courthouse in book form.

From 1852 – 1855, the state required registrations of deaths. Not many people complied, but some records are available in the Pennsylvania Room on microfilm and the Courthouse in book form.

Beginning in 1906, the state began recording deaths. You can learn how to order a copy of a death certificate on the website of the PA Department of Health. Some of these records have been digitized on Ancestry.com.

What can I learn from a death record?

Death records may note your ancestor’s age, place of birth, marital status, occupation, date of death, cause of death, parents’ names (particularly when the deceased is a child, but occasionally for adults), and place of interment.

My ancestor died in Fayette County prior to 1893. How can I find information on their death?

Researchers often seek out church records, tombstones, and family bibles to determine a date of death. You might also consider looking for an obituary, will, or Orphan’s Court record. The “Mortality Schedules” done with each census between 1850 and 1880 may also prove helpful; they report deaths from the previous year.

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