Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths, 1870-1905
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Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
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Record Type Death
Collection years 1870-1905
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What is in This Collection?

This collection consists of death registrations for the city of Pittsburgh for the years 1870 to 1905. The records are from the Allegheny County Courthouse. The records are arranged in numbered bound volumes and are chronological by month and year. The city of Pittsburgh began registering deaths in 1870. The records were house at the Allegheny county courthouse until 2008 when they were transferred to the state department of vital records. The state of Pennsylvania took over recording deaths in 1906. Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. Death records were used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Helpful facts included in the index are:

  • Name of deceased
  • Race, gender and age of deceased
  • Marital status and occupation
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Names of parents if a minor
  • Birthplace of deceased
  • Residence and length of residence
  • Previous residence
  • Date and place of interment
  • Name and address of attending physician
  • Date of Certificate and number

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How Do I Search This Collection?

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  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate year of death

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What Do I Do Next?

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

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  • Use the information to find other vital records such as birth and marriage
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  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

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Collection Citation

"Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths, 1870-1905." Database and images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Allegheny County Courthouse, Pittsburgh.

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