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Centre County Birth Records

  • Before 1893
    • No birth registrations were kept by the county or state prior to 1893.
    • It is suggested to check resources such as the Spangler Collection, and bible and church records housed at the PA Room of the Centre County Library and other locations.
  • 1893 - 1905
    • Birth registrations were kept at the county level from 1893-1905.
    • Check with the Register of Wills.
    • A compilation of Centre County Births 1893-1905 has been published and is available at the PA Room or for purchase through CCGS Publications.
  • 1906 - Present
    • Birth registration occurred at the state level beginning in 1906.
    • PA Birth indices for 1906 - 1911 are available online and free to the public through the PA State Archives.
    • PA Birth certificate images for 1906 - 1908 are available online and free to PA residents or Ancestry.com paid subscribers through the PA State Archives Data Collections.
    • Check the Pennsylvania Department of Health for information on obtaining Birth Certificates.
  • Delayed Birth Records
    • Delayed birth certificates may exist for persons attempting to prove qualification for Social Security benefits after 1937. These records are usually filed in the county where the individual applied which may not be the county of birth.
    • Check with the Register of Wills.
    • The Centre County Genealogical Society has published these records on a data DVD, which is available at the PA Room or for purchase through CCGS Publications.
  • Posting Birth Records Online: Transcribed birth records for persons with a Centre County connection can be posted online:

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