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=== FAQs about United States Birth Records  ===
  
== Task  ==
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[[User:BatsonDL/Sandbox 4|Finding United States Birth Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] FAQs about U.S. Birth Records
  
Wiki Project Pennsylvania Tasks - Probate Cyndi's List Task <br>  
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'''How do I find my ancestor’s birth record?''' <br>  
  
== Description  ==
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:#Check online indexes and digital images
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:#Check repositories, such as archives and libraries (FHL)
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:#Obtain certificate from the government agency ($$)
  
Search pertinent probate dtabases located on Cyndi's List and add them to the county page.<br>  
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'''Why would I want to search for a birth record?'''<br>  
  
== Instructions  ==
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:*May give the exact date and place where the child was born
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:*May indicate where the parents were born
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:*Help you extend a generation to the parents of the child.
  
1. To locate available probate, wills, or estate records, go to http://www.cyndislist.com and click on “Categories.” On the Categories page, select Pennyslvania which is under the heading “United States.” Select “Counties” and then the appropriate County. Choose “Wills &amp; Probate” from the “Category Index” on the County page.
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'''What information does a birth record include?'''<br>
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Information gathered by state and county officials differs from each state. Generally the following was included:
  
2. If there is no "Wills &amp; Probate" listed under the county, there is nothing available on Cyndi's List and you are now done with the task.
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:*Name of child
 
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:*Birth date and place of child
3. If there is a "Wills &amp; Probate" title listed, click on the link and determine:<br>
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:*Father’s name
 
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:*Mother’s name including maiden
:a. Check to see if the link is already listed on the county page. Many Ancestry databases are listed here.
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:*Birthplaces of parents
 
 
:b. If the link works. If it doesn't, do not include it.<br>
 
 
 
:c. Examine the information in the database to see if it is worth listing on the wiki. It will be your decision as to if it is worthwhile to list the database.<br>
 
 
 
4. If the database looks helpful and it has not already been added, add the following (if it has not already been added) after the Probate Records heading and the PA Probate Intro:
 
 
 
::<nowiki>'''Online Probate Indexes'''<br></nowiki>
 
 
 
6. Under your new heading, list the database(s) in chronological and then alphabetical order (if there are other databases on the county page) in the following manner:<br>
 
 
 
::<nowiki>:*[http://www.org/~luzerne/wills/willindex.htm Luzerne County, Will Book 1], located on [http://www.pagenweb.org/ Cyndi's List] - also includes year will was probated and residence of deceased<br></nowiki><br>
 
 
 
7. If there is information about the database that you would like to add (i.e., index only, not complete, etc), add it to the end of entry. <br>
 
 
 
8. If there are dates listed in the title of the database, repeat the dates just after the bullet in bold. Make sure to use the N–dash between the dates and anytime it is used in wiki text. The N–dash is made by holding the alt key and typing 0150: <br>
 
 
 
::<nowiki>:*'''1878-1939''' - [http://www.com/~palackaw/wills/index.html Will Index, Lackawanna County], located on [http://www.pagenweb.org/ Cyndi's List] -  also includes deceased's death date</nowiki><br>
 
 
 
== Example  ==
 
 
 
'''Online Probate Indexes''' <br>
 
 
 
:*[http://www.org/~luzerne/wills/willindex.htm Luzerne County, Will Book 1], located on [http://www.pagenweb.org/ Cyndi's List] - also includes year will was probated<br>
 
 
 
== Example of Completed Probate Records Heading  ==
 
 
 
Probate matters in Berks County, Pennsylvania are handled by the Orphans' Court. To obtain original probate records, contact the Orphan's Court in the County Courthouse.
 
 
 
In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates of decedents, incompetents, and minors; appointment and control of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills involving probate matters; inheritance tax appeals and various petitions and motions.
 
 
 
'''Online Probate Indexes''' <br>
 
 
 
:*'''1626-1836''' - [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6393 Pennsylvania Wills, 1626-1836] on [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]. Taken from Fernow, Berthold, comp. and ed. "Calendar of Wills." New York, NY, USA: 1896. - ($).<br>
 
:*'''1878-1939''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/wills/index.html Will Index, Lackawanna County], located on [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - also includes deceased's death date<br>
 
 
 
'''Online Probate Records'''<br>
 
 
 
Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:<br>
 
 
 
Complete Collection:<br>
 
 
 
:*'''1683-1994''' – {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]
 
 
 
Berks County Only: <br>
 
 
 
:*'''1752–1915''' – [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7N2%3A288123488%3Fcc%3D1999196 Berks County Probate Records]<br>
 
 
 
'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''<br>
 
 
 
:*'''1752–1860''' Wills {{FHL|196402|item|disp=FHL film 20722 (first of 8 films)}} - Index included: 1752-1915<br>
 
:*'''1752-1851''' Administration Letters and Bonds {{FHL|196590|item|disp=FHL film 20812 (first of 8 films}} - Index included: 1752 - 1915 <br>
 
:*'''1752-1915''' Estate Files {{FHL|536648|item|disp=FHL film 1644017 (first of 337 films}} - Arranged alphabetically by surname<br>
 
 
 
'''Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts'''
 
 
 
Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as '''''Berks County Pennsylvania probate wills''''' in online catalogs like:
 
 
 
*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor={{{1}}}+county+probate+wills&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q={{{1}}}+county+pennsylvania+probate+wills&qt=results_page WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]]).
 
*{{FHL|{{{2}}}|subject-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (For instructions see [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|FHL Catalog Place-name Search]]).
 
 
 
[[Category:WikiProject_Pennsylvania|Tasks]]
 

Revision as of 18:42, 6 February 2013

FAQs about United States Birth Records

Finding United States Birth Records go to FAQs about U.S. Birth Records

How do I find my ancestor’s birth record?

  1. Check online indexes and digital images
  2. Check repositories, such as archives and libraries (FHL)
  3. Obtain certificate from the government agency ($$)

Why would I want to search for a birth record?

  • May give the exact date and place where the child was born
  • May indicate where the parents were born
  • Help you extend a generation to the parents of the child.

What information does a birth record include?
Information gathered by state and county officials differs from each state. Generally the following was included:

  • Name of child
  • Birth date and place of child
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name including maiden
  • Birthplaces of parents