Allegheny County Birth and Death Records

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Birth Registers:

  • City of Pittsburgh (1870-1905)
  • Allegheny City (1885-October,1907)
  • Allegheny County (1893-1905)
  • McKeesport (1892-1905)
  • Sewickley (1896-1905)
  • Wilkinsburg (1899-1905)

Death Registers:

  • City of Pittsburgh (1870-1905)
  • Allegheny City (1875-May, 1907)
  • Allegheny County probated deaths only (1874-1903)
  • Allegheny County Deaths (1893-1905) *These records require a different request form (see below)
  • McKeesport (1887-1905)
  • Sewickley (1894-1905)

 

* Allegheny County Deaths (1893-1905) are maintained by the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS). $5/name fee is payable to WPGS for these requests. Please use the following form to submit your request for these records.

Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society – Birth/Death Register Request Form

 

Please note: Registers are written ledger entries, not certificates and were begun when a Board of Health was established in a city or municipality. By 1893 all counties in Pennsylvania were required to record births and deaths. Birth & Death Certificates are state issued and are not available for dates prior to 1906.

 

Recommended Online Resources:

City of Pittsburgh Death Registers from 1870-1905 are available online through FamilySearch.

Birth Certificates 1906-1911 and Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1968 may be researched on Ancestry.com.

Birth Certificates after 1911 and Death Certificates after 1968 must be ordered from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Vital Records.

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