Beginning in June 1893, all Pennsylvania Clerk of Orphans’ Court were required to keep separate records of birth. Township and borough assessors gathered this information and recorded the full name of the child, names of parents, residence, occupation of the father, date, and place of birth. This record was gradually discontinued at the county level when Pennsylvania officially began maintaining birth certificates in 1906.
Search Tip: Names within the birth register are arranged by the first letter of the individual’s surname and chronologically by date recorded. Births may have been recorded several months afterwards and not every birth was registered. Use the bookmark feature within the index to quickly navigate to the appropriate surname letter section.