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Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths, 1870-1905
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Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
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Location of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
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Record Description
Record Type Death
Collection years 1870-1905
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Allegheny County Courthouse, Pittsburgh.


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Death

  • 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?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

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

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the information to locate funeral home, obituary or cemetery record
  • Use the information to find other vital records such as birth and marriage
  • Use the information to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for land and probate records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Pennsylvania.


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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