Research Requests

The expert staff at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Pennsylvania Department is available to search and copy records to help you with your research.

To request a record, please download the corresponding request form.
Search requests are limited to 5 names and one source per letter. All request forms may be printed, filled out and mailed to the Pennsylvania Department, or emailed to padept@carnegielibrary.org.

There is no charge for newspaper and obituary requests. Searches for Allegheny County records have a service fee of $5/name.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania Department: Research Requests
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 City Directories, Marriage Records and Naturalizations

Microfilm records for City Directories, Marriage Records and Naturalizations from the locations and time periods listed below can be requested with this form:

Microfilm Search Request Form

 City Directories

  • City Directories 1813-1975 are searched when specific names and years are provided. Pre-1929 the directories are searchable only by last name.
  • Telephone Books: Pittsburgh/Allegheny County 1880-2010

Recommended online resources:

 Marriage Notices

  • Marriage Notice Index, Pittsburgh Newspapers: 1786-1910
  • Ministers Returns City of Pittsburgh only: February, 1875-June, 1886
  • Marriage Returns City of Pittsburgh 1870-75
  • Marriages in Allegheny City 1877-1882
  • Allegheny County Records:
    • Marriage Notice Index: Pittsburgh Newspapers: 1786-1910
    • Marriage License Index: 1885-1925; vol. 1-14, by Bride or Groom surname
    • Marriage License Docket: 1885-1906; vol. 1-70

Recommended online resources:

Naturalization Index

Allegheny County: 1790-1906; U.S. District Court, 1820-1930; Circuit Court, 1820-1911

Obituaries

Microfilm records for obituaries from the locations and time periods listed below can be requested with this form:

Obituary/Death Notice Request Form

  • 1786-1913 ; 1963-1998; 2001- present
  • 1914-1962: Indexed on: Pennsylvania State birth/death indices

Pittsburgh Newspapers

Microfilm records for Pittsburgh newspapers (article search, not obituaries) can be requested if specific dates are provided using this form:

Pittsburgh Newspaper Request Form

General Reference Questions

For general reference questions which do not require printing or microfilm searching email padept@carnegielibrary.org.

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