Births, marriages & deaths of Bedford & Somerset cos., Pa., 1852-1854

by McFarland, K. T. H.

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library Pennsylvania Dept. - Genealogy rq F157.B25 M44 1999
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Pennsylvania Dept. - Genealogy
Call Number  rq F157.B25 M44 1999
Ask most genealogists about statewide recording of vital statistics in Pennsylvania and they will tell you that the Commonwealth started recording marriages in 1885 and births and deaths were not recorded until 1906. This is technically true, but 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's unavailable from any other source. In pecking order, there are more deaths recorded, marriages are next, and least records are births. This series should help a lot of people find unexpected records. Index.
Additional Information
Subjects Registers of births, etc. -- Pennsylvania -- Bedford County.
Registers of births, etc. -- Pennsylvania -- Somerset County.
Bedford County (Pa.) -- Genealogy.
Somerset County (Pa.) -- Genealogy.
Publisher Apollo, Pa. :Closson Press,1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description v, 91 pages ; 27 cm
ISBN 1558563032
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