Courthouse Records – Deaths

WHERE ARE THE ORIGINAL RECORDS?

Orphans’ Court / Clerk of Courts office

10 East High Street, Room 103
Greene County Courthouse
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 15370

ONLINE RESOURCES:

  • Greene County, PA Death Records 1893-1915 – Transcribed by Jim Fordyce
  • Statewide Death Records 1906-1966 (Pennsylvania Department of Health, Ancestry.com)
    • Pennsylvania Records on Ancestry – FREE access to Pennsylvania records for Pennsylvania residents. If you are a Pennsylvania resident, take advantage of the partnership between the Pennsylvania State Archives and Ancestry.com to digitize family history records in the State Archives and make them available online. This partnership entitles Pennsylvanians free access to these collections. This access requires a free Ancestry.com Pennsylvania account. To begin, go to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission web site, enter your zip code in the form at the bottom of the page, and follow the link to the Ancestry.com Pennsylvania search page.
  • Statewide Death Records 1906-Present (Order Form) (Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Vital Records)

ABOUT THE RECORDS:

Pennsylvania did not require counties to maintain death records until 1893. Before that time, Greene County has NO death records. The county STOPPED keeping death records in 1915.

Pennsylvania began to file births and deaths at a state level in 1906. Between 1906 and 1915, you may find records at both county and state levels. These records may compliment or contradict one another depending on the person providing the data. For most thorough results, checking both of these certificates is recommended.

RESEARCH TIP: Other records at the courthouse may indicate death dates but must be explored separately. For example, Wills or Orphans’ Court Estates may note date of death. Also, if a widow/widower remarried, the Marriage License should include date of death of former spouse.

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