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Online newspaper index

The local newspaper archives were indexed from 1807 through 1904. The index, which includes birth, death and marriage announcements, is available as part of our online catalog.

Grit archive

Williamsport’s weekly newspaper from 1882 to 1990, the Grit is available online through the Paper of Record.

Pennsylvania Public Record .com

Search State of Pennsylvania public records for vital information about deaths, births, marriages, annulments and divorces. Request copies of birth and death certificates from official government websites. Do a business search, find property tax reports, access other public legal documents available online. Research your family history and genealogy through local resources.

Pennsylvania Department of Health: Vital Records

Forms and requirements for requesting an official birth or death certificate, marriage and divorce records, genealogy requests and adoption registry.

Where to Write for Vital Records

Links to all 50 states and United States territories and protectorates, complete instructions on the site  on how to obtain records from the National Center of Health Statistics.


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