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Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010
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Pennsylvania, 
United States
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Location of Pennsylvania
Record Description
Record Type Newspaper
Collection years 1947-2010
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Old Buncombe County, North Carolina Genealogical Society, Asheville


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

This collection includes records from 1947 to 2010. This collection of newspaper clippings was collected by the Old Buncombe County, North Carolina Genealogical Society. The publication data is given for each article. The records are announcements of:

  • Births
  • Baptisms
  • Engagements
  • Marriages
  • Anniversaries
  • Obituaries
  • Retirements

The obituaries are from Berks, Lebanon and Lehigh County newspapers.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Obituaries

  • Name of the deceased
  • Age
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date and place
  • Names of parents, spouse or other relatives
  • Name of newspaper, date and place of publication

Wedding and anniversary announcements

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Residences
  • Marriage date and place
  • Names of parents and other relatives
  • Name of newspaper, date and place of publication

Birth and baptism announcements

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Names of parents
  • Birthplace
  • Residence
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Baptism sponsors

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 date of marriage or death

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on 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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the "Record Type"
  2. Select the "Year and Surname Range" to view the images.

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]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information to find other vital records such as birth and death
  • Use the information to find additional family members in census records
  • The name of the undertaker, mortuary or officiator could lead you to church, funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members
  • Search for additional information in church 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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Collection Citation:
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Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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