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Pennsylvania Marriage Records

In Pennsylvania copies of marriage records were required to be filed starting in 1885. Copies of these early marriages may be obtained from the clerk of the courthouse in the county where the marriage license was issued. After 1906, all birth and death records are stored in the PA Department of Health.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. When did Pennsylvania start recording marriages?

A. There is no central repository for marriage records in the state of Pennsylvania. The dates that records were officially mandated varies by county. Pennsylvania was first settled in the mid 1600's and became a state in 1787. Marriage licenses became a requirement in 1885. Prior to this, it was not obligatory and licenses were in place for those to whom banns were not issued.

Q. How do I verify a Pennsylvania marriage record?

A. Marriage records are kept in the courthouse of the town/ county where the event took place. The Pennsylvania State Archives also has some historical records.

Q. Are there restrictions on getting copies of Pennsylvania vital records?

A. No, Pennsylvania marriage records are open to the public and can be viewed by anyone.

Q. How is Pennsylvania different than other states?

A. Pennsylvania was founded in 1681 by William Penn, a wealthy Englishman looking for a home for his fellow Quakers (a persecuted religion in England). Today Pennsylvania is still know as the Quaker State. Also Pennsylvania is home to Hershey (the chocolate capital of the US), the first baseball stadium (Pittsburgh), first automobile service station, the first computer, and the first presidential mansion. The US flag was first sewn by Betsy Ross in Philadelphia, which is also where the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution were written. The Battle at Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address also happened in PA. The longest stone arch bridge in the world is located in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania is also one of only a few states that are commonwealths. Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in two cases, towns.

Q. What are the requirements to get married in Pennsylvania?

A. Legal age to marry is 18. Under 18 requires written parental consent; Anyone under 16 years of age needs parental consent and the approval of a Judge of the Orphans Court.

  • Cousins - no
  • Proxy - no
  • Covenant - yes. There is a self uniting marriage license available, but this will need to be confirmed with the individual county prior to planning this path.
  • Common Law - only if it started before 2005
  • Applicants seeking a marriage license must appear together in person at the Marriage License Bureau of the Wills/Orphans' Court Division. The license is valid for 60 days from the date it is issued and may be used anywhere within the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Waiting period- 3 days
  • State residency requirement - no
  • Proof of divorce or dissolution must be shown where one or more party has a previous marriage.
  • Blood tests/ other tests - none
  • Same sex - Yes

The officiant performing the marriage ceremony must file the Marriage Return with the Marriage License Bureau which issued the license, within ten (10) days of the date of the ceremony. A marriage record will not exist if the officiant who performs the marriage fails to file this document. Upon request, the Marriage License Bureau will inform the couples whether their marriage return has been filed and recorded.

PA does not have a dedicated database yet but there are contributed marriages here:

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PA - Statehood - December 12, 1787. Capital= Harrisburg

There were originally 3 counties, Bucks, Chester, Philadelphia Counties. Today there are 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Look in old newspaper archives for wedding announcements, anniversaries, and other family related articles. Copies of marriage  (and divorce) records may be ordered from the court clerk nearest the wedding

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Adams

Formed January 22, 1800 from York County
County Seat=Gettysburg

Places in Adams County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Abbottstown, Arendtsville, Bendersville, Berwick, Biglerville, Bonneauville, Butler, Carroll Valley, Conewago, Cumberland, East Berlin, Fairfield, Franklin, Freedom, Germany, Gettysburg, Hamilton, Hamiltonban, Highland, Huntington, Latimore, Liberty, Littlestown, McSherrystown, Menallen, Mount Joy, Mount Pleasant, New Oxford, Oxford, Reading, Straban, Tyrone, Union, and York Springs.

Adams County Courthouse
111-117 Baltimore St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-334-6781

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Allegheny

Formed September 24, 1788 from Washington and Westmoreland Counties
County Seat=Pittsburgh

Places in Allegheny County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Aleppo, Aspinwall, Avalon, Baldwin, Baldwin, Bell Acres, Bellevue, Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights, Bethel Park, Blawnox, Brackenridge, Braddock, Braddock Hills, Bradford Woods, Brentwood, Bridgeville, Carnegie, Castle Shannon, Chalfant, Cheswick, Churchill, Clairton, Collier, Coraopolis, Crafton, Crescent, Dormont, Dravosburg, Duquesne, East Deer, East McKeesport, East Pittsburgh, Edgewood, Edgeworth, Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Emsworth, Etna, Fawn, Findlay, Forest Hills, Forward, Fox Chapel, Franklin Park, Frazer, Glassport, Glen Osborne, Glenfield, Green Tree, Hampton, Harmar, Harrison, Haysville, Heidelberg, Homestead, Indiana, Ingram, Jefferson Hills, Kennedy, Kilbuck, Leet, Leetsdale, Liberty, Lincoln, Marshall, McCandless, McDonald, McKees Rocks, McKeesport, Millvale, Monroeville, Moon, Mount Lebanon, Mount Oliver, Munhall, Neville, North Braddock, North Fayette, North Versailles, Oakdale, Oakmont, O'Hara, Ohio, Penn Hills, Pennsbury Village, Pine, Pitcairn, Pittsburgh, Pleasant Hills, Plum, Port Vue, Rankin, Reserve, Richland, Robinson, Ross, Rosslyn Farms, Scott, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights, Sewickley Hills, Shaler, Sharpsburg, South Fayette, South Park, South Versailles, Springdale, Springdale, Stowe, Swissvale, Tarentum, Thornburg, Trafford, Turtle Creek, Upper Saint Clair, Verona, Versailles, Wall, West Deer, West Elizabeth, West Homestead, West Mifflin, West View, Whitaker, White Oak, Whitehall, Wilkins, Wilkinsburg, and Wilmerding.

Register of Wills
City-County Building
414 Grant St.; 1st Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-350-4180

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Armstrong

Formed March 12, 1800 from Allegheny, Lycoming and Westmoreland Counties
County Seat=Kittanning

Places in Armstrong County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Apollo, Applewold, Atwood, Bethel, Boggs, Bradys Bend, Burrell, Cadogan, Cowanshannock, Dayton, East Franklin, Elderton, Ford City, Ford Cliff, Freeport, Gilpin, Hovey, Kiskiminetas, Kittanning, Kittanning, Leechburg, Madison, Mahoning, Manor, Manorville, North Apollo, North Buffalo, Parker, Parks, Perry, Pine, Plumcreek, Rayburn, Redbank, Rural Valley, South Bend, South Bethlehem, South Buffalo, Sugarcreek, Valley, Washington, Wayne, West Franklin, West Kittanning, and Worthington.

Armstrong County Courthouse
500 Market St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
724-543-2500

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Beaver

Formed March 12, 1800 from Allegheny and Washington Counties
County Seat=Beaver

Places in Beaver County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Aliquippa, Ambridge, Baden, Beaver, Beaver Falls, Big Beaver, Bridgewater, Brighton, Center, Chippewa, Conway, Darlington, Daugherty, East Rochester, Eastvale, Economy, Ellwood City, Fallston, Frankfort Springs, Franklin, Freedom, Georgetown, Glasgow, Greene, Hanover, Harmony, Homewood, Hookstown, Hopewell, Independence, Industry, Koppel, Marion, Midland, Monaca, New Brighton, New Galilee, New Sewickley, North Sewickley, Ohioville, Patterson, Patterson Heights, Potter, Pulaski, Raccoon, Rochester, Shippingport, South Beaver, South Heights, Vanport, West Mayfield, White.

Beaver County Courthouse
Third St.
Beaver, PA 15009
724-728-5700

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Bedford

Formed March 9, 1771 from Cumberland County
County Seat=Bedford

Places in Bedford County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Bedford, Bedford, Bloomfield, Broad Top, Coaldale, Colerain, Cumberland Valley, East Providence, East St. Clair, Everett, Harrison, Hopewell, Hyndman, Juniata, Kimmel, King, Liberty, Lincoln, Londonderry, Mann, Manns Choice, Monroe, Napier, New Paris, Pavia, Pleasantville, Rainsburg, Saxton, Schellsburg, Snake Spring, South Woodbury, Southampton, St. Clairsville, West Providence, West St. Clair, Woodbury.

Bedford County Courthouse
Juliana St.
Bedford, PA 15522
814-623-4833

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Berks

Formed 1752 from Chester, Lancaster and Philadelphia Counties
County Seat=Reading

Places in Berks County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Adamstown, Albany, Alsace, Amity, Bally, Bechtelsville, Bern, Bernville, Bethel, Birdsboro, Boyertown, Brecknock, Caernarvon, Centerport, Centre, Colebrookdale, Cumru, District, Douglass, Earl, Exeter, Fleetwood, Greenwich, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Hereford, Jefferson, Kenhorst, Kutztown, Laureldale, Leesport, Lenhartsville, Longswamp, Lower Alsace, Lower Heidelberg, Lyons, Maidencreek, Marion, Maxatawny, Mohnton, Mount Penn, Muhlenberg, New Morgan, North Heidelberg, Oley, Ontelaunee, Penn, Perry, Pike, Reading, Richmond, Robeson, Robesonia, Rockland, Ruscombmanor, Shillington, Shoemakersville, Sinking Spring, South Heidelberg, Spring, St. Lawrence, Tilden, Topton, Tulpehocken, Union, Upper Bern, Upper Tulpehocken, Washington, Wernersville, West Reading, Windsor, Womelsdorf, Wyomissing.

Berks County Register of Wills
Berks County Services Center
633 Court Street, 2nd Floor
Reading, PA 19601
610-478-6600

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Blair

Formed February 26, 1846 from Huntingdon and Bedford Counties
County Seat=Hollidaysburg

Places in Blair County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Allegheny, Altoona, Antis, Bellwood, Blair, Catharine, Duncansville, Frankstown, Freedom, Greenfield, Hollidaysburg, Huston, Juniata, Logan, Martinsburg, Newry, North Woodbury, Roaring Spring, Snyder, Taylor, Tunnelhil, Tyrone, Tyrone, Williamsburg, Woodbury.

Blair County Courthouse
423 Allegheny St.
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
814-695-5541

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Bradford

Formed February 21, 1810 from Luzerne and Lycoming Counties
County Seat=Towanda

Places in Bradford County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Alba, Albany, Armenia, Asylum, Athens, Athens, Burlington, Burlington, Canton, Canton, Columbia, Franklin, Granville, Herrick, Le Raysville, Leroy, Litchfield, Monroe, Monroe, New Albany, North Towanda, Orwell, Overton, Pike, Ridgebury, Rome, Rome, Sayre, Sheshequin, Smithfield, South Creek, South Waverly, Springfield, Standing Stone, Stevens, Sylvania, Terry, Towanda, Towanda, Troy, Troy, Tuscarora, Ulster, Warren, Wells, West Burlington, Wilmot, Windham, Wyalusing, Wyalusing, Wysox.

Bradford County Courthouse
301 Main St.
Towanda, PA 18848
570-265-1702

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Bucks

Formed 1682 One of the 3 Original Counties.
County Seat=Doylestown

Places in Bucks County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Bedminster, Bensalem, Bridgeton, Bristol, Bristol, Buckingham, Chalfont, Doylestown, Doylestown, Dublin, Durham, East Rockhill, Falls, Haycock, Hilltown, Hulmeville, Ivyland, Langhorne, Langhorne Manor, Lower Makefield, Lower Southampton, Middletown, Milford, Morrisville, New Britain, New Britain, New Hope, Newtown, Newtown, Nockamixon, Northampton, Penndel, Perkasie, Plumstead, Quakertown, Richland, Richlandtown, Riegelsville, Sellersville, Silverdale, Solebury, Springfield, Telford, Tinicum, Trumbauersville, Tullytown, Upper Makefield, Upper Southampton, Warminster, Warrington, Warwick, West Rockhill, Wrightstown, Yardley.

Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court St.
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-348-6271

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Butler

Formed Formed March 12, 1800 from Allegheny County
County Seat=Butler

Places in Butler County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Butler, Bruin, Callery, Cherry Valley, Chicora, Connoquenessing, East Butler, Eau Claire, Evans City, Fairview, Harmony, Harrisville, Karns City, Mars, Petrolia, Portersville, Prospect, Saxonburg, Seven Fields, Slippery Rock, Valencia, West Liberty, West Sunbury, Zelienople, Adams, Allegheny, Brady, Buffalo, Butler, Center, Cherry, Clay, Clearfield, Clinton, Concord, Connoquenessing, Cranberry, Donegal, Fairview, Forward, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Lancaster, Marion, Mercer, Middlesex, Muddy Creek, Oakland, Parker, Penn, Slippery Rock, Summit, Venango, Washington, Winfield, Worth.

Butler County Courthouse
124 West Diamond St.
Butler, PA 16001
724-285-4731

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Cambria

Formed March 26, 1804 from Somerset and Huntingdon Counties
County Seat=Ebensburg

Places in Cambria County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Adams, Allegheny, Ashville, Barr, Blacklick, Brownstown, Cambria, Carrolltown, Cassandra, Chest, Chest Springs, Clearfield, Conemaugh, Cresson, Cresson, Croyle, Daisytown, Dale, Dean, East Carroll, East Conemaugh, East Taylor, Ebensburg, Ehrenfeld, Elder, Ferndale, Franklin, Gallitzin, Gallitzin, Geistown, Hastings, Jackson, Johnstown, Lilly, Lorain, Loretto, Lower Yoder, Middle Taylor, Munster, Nanty-Glo, Northern Cambria, Patton, Portage, Portage, Reade, Richland, Sankertown, Scalp Level, South Fork, Southmont, Stonycreek, Summerhill, Summerhill, Susquehanna, Townships[edit], Tunnelhill, Upper Yoder, Vintondale, Washington, West Carroll, West Taylor, Westmont, White, Wilmore.

Cambria County Courthouse
200 South Center St.
Ebensburg, PA 15931
814-472-5440, Ext. 243

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Cameron

Formed March 29, 1860 from Clinton, Elk, McKean and Potter Counties
County Seat=Emporium

Places in Cameron County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Driftwood, Emporium, Gibson, Grove, Lumber, Portage, Shippen.

Cameron County Courthouse
20 East Fifth St.
Emporium, PA 15834
814-486-3355

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Carbon

Formed March 13, 1843 from Monroe and Northampton Counties
County Seat=Jim Thorpe

Places in Carbon County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Banks, Beaver Meadows, Bowmanstown, East Penn, East Side, Franklin, Jim Thorpe, Kidder, Lansford, Lausanne, Lehigh, Lehighton, Lower Towamensing, Mahoning, Nesquehoning, Packer, Palmerton, Parryville, Penn Forest, Summit Hill, Towamensing, Weatherly, Weissport.

Carbon County Courthouse
PO Box 286
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
570-325-2261

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Centre

Formed February 13, 1800 from Lycoming, Mifflin, Huntingdon and Northampton Counties
County Seat=Bellefonte

Places in Centre County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Bellefonte, Benner, Boggs, Burnside, Centre Hall, College, Curtin, Ferguson Township, Gregg, Haines, Halfmoon, Harris, Howard, Howard, Huston, Liberty, Marion, Miles, Milesburg, Millheim, Patton, Penn, Philipsburg, Port Matilda, Potter, Rush, Snow Shoe, Snow Shoe, Spring, Taylor, Union, Unionville, Walker, Worth.

Centre County Courthouse
Willowbank Office Building
414 Holmes Ave.
Bellefonte, PA 16823
814-355-6724

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Chester

Formed 1682. One of 3 original Counties
County Seat=West Chester

Places in Chester County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Atglen, Avondale, Birmingham, Caln, Charlestown, Coatesville, Downingtown, East Bradford, East Brandywine, East Caln, East Coventry, East Fallowfield, East Goshen, East Marlborough, East Nantmeal, East Nottingham, East Pikeland, East Vincent, East Whiteland, Easttown, Elk, Elverson, Franklin, Highland, Honey Brook, Honey Brook, Kennett, Kennett Square, London Britain, London Grove, Londonderry, Lower Oxford, Malvern, Modena, New Garden, New London, Newlin, North Coventry, Oxford, Parkesburg, Penn, Pennsbury, Phoenixville, Pocopson, Sadsbury, Schuylkill, South Coatesville, South Coventry, Spring City, Thornbury, Tredyffrin, Upper Oxford, Upper Uwchlan, Uwchlan, Valley, Wallace, Warwick, West Bradford, West Brandywine, West Caln, West Chester, West Fallowfield, West Goshen, West Grove, West Marlborough, West Nantmeal, West Nottingham, West Pikeland, West Sadsbury, West Vincent, West Whiteland, Westtown, Willistown.

Chester County Courthouse
2 North High St., Suite 109
West Chester, PA 19380
610-344-6000

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Clarion

Formed March 11, 1839 from Venango and Armstrong Counties
County Seat=Clarion

Places in Clarion County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Ashland, Beaver, Brady, Callensburg, Clarion, Clarion, East Brady, Elk, Emlenton, Farmington, Foxburg, Hawthorn, Highland, Knox, Knox, Licking, Limestone, Madison, Millcreek, Monroe, New Bethlehem, Paint, Perry, Piney, Porter, Redbank, Richland, Rimersburg, Salem, Shippenville, Sligo, St. Petersburg, Strattanville, Toby, Washington.

Clarion County Courthouse
Main St.
Clarion, PA 16214
814-226-4000

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Clearfield

Formed March 26, 1804 from Lycoming and Huntingdon Counties
County Seat=Clearfield

Places in Clearfield County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Beccaria, Bell, Bigler, Bloom, Boggs, Bradford, Brady, Brisbin, Burnside, Burnside, Chest, Chester Hill, Clearfield, Coalport, Cooper, Covington, Curwensville, Decatur, DuBois, Falls Creek, Ferguson, Girard, Glen Hope, Goshen, Graham, Grampian, Greenwood, Gulich, Houtzdale, Huston, Irvona, Jordan, Karthaus, Knox, Lawrence, Mahaffey, Morris, New Washington, Newburg, Osceola Mills, Penn, Pike, Pine, Ramey, Sandy, Troutville, Union, Wallaceton, Westover, Woodward.

Clearfield County Courthouse
Second & Market St.s
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-765-2641 Ext. 5987

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Clinton

Formed June 21, 1839 from Lycoming and Centre Counties
County Seat=Lock Haven

Places in Clinton County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Allison, Avis, Bald Eagle, Beech Creek, Beech Creek, Castanea, Chapman, Colebrook, Crawford, Dunnstable, East Keating, Flemington, Gallagher, Greene, Grugan, Lamar, Leidy, Lock Haven, Logan, Loganton, Mill Hall, Noyes, Pine Creek, Porter, Renovo, South Renovo, Wayne, West Keating, Woodward.

Clinton County Courthouse
Water St.
Lock Haven, PA 17745
570-893-4007

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Columbia

Formed March 22, 1813 from Northumberland and Luzerne Counties
County Seat=Bloomsburg

Places in Columbia County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Ashland, Beaver, Benton, Berwick, Bloomsburg, Briar Creek, Briar Creek, Catawissa, Centralia, Cleveland, Conyngham, Fishing Creek, Franklin, Greenwood, Hemlock, Jackson, Locust, Madison, Main, Mifflin, Millville, Montour, Mount Pleasant, North Centre, Orange, Orangeville, Pine, Roaring Creek, Scott, South Centre, Stillwater, Sugarloaf.

Columbia County Courthouse
PO Box 380
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
570-784-1991

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Crawford

Formed March 12, 1800 from Allegheny County
County Seat=Meadville

Places in Crawford County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Athens, Beaver, Bloomfield, Blooming Valley, Cambridge, Cambridge Springs, Centerville, Cochranton, Conneaut, Conneaut Lake, Conneautville, Cussewago, East Fairfield, East Fallowfield, East Mead, Fairfield, Greenwood, Hayfield, Hydetown, Linesville, Meadville, North Shenango, Oil Creek, Pine, Randolph, Richmond, Rockdale, Rome, Sadsbury, Saegertown, South Shenango, Sparta, Spartansburg, Spring, Springboro, Steuben, Summerhill, Summit, Titusville, Townville, Troy, Union, Venango, Venango, Vernon, Wayne, West Fallowfield, West Mead, West Shenango, Woodcock, Woodcock.

Crawford County Courthouse
903 Diamond Park
Meadville, PA 16335
814-333-7300

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Cumberland

Formed January 27, 1750 from Lancaster County
County Seat=Carlisle

Places in Cumberland County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Camp Hill, Carlisle, Cooke, Dickinson, East Pennsboro, Hampden, Harrisburg, Hopewell, Lemoyne, Lower Allen, Lower Frankford, Lower Mifflin, Mechanicsburg, Middlesex, Monroe, Mount Holly Springs, New Cumberland, Newburg, Newville, North Middleton, North Newton, Penn, Shippensburg, Shippensburg, Shiremanstown, Silver Spring, South Middleton, South Newton, Southampton, Upper Allen, Upper Frankford, Upper Mifflin, West Pennsboro, Wormleysburg.

Cumberland County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Carlisle, PA 17013
717-240-6345

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Dauphin

Formed March 4, 1785 from Lancaster County
County Seat=Harrisburg

Places in Dauphin County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Berrysburg, Conewago, Dauphin, Derry, East Hanover, Elizabethville, Gratz, Halifax, Halifax, Harrisburg, Highspire, Hummelstown, Jackson, Jefferson, Londonderry, Lower Paxton, Lower Swatara, Lykens, Lykens, Middle Paxton, Middletown, Mifflin, Millersburg, Paxtang, Penbrook, Pillow, Reed, Royalton, Rush, South Hanover, Steelton, Susquehanna, Swatara, Upper Paxton, Washington, Wayne, West Hanover, Wiconisco, Williams, Williamstown.

Dauphin County Courthouse
Front & Market St.s
Harrisburg, PA 17101
717-780-6507

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Delaware

Formed September 6, 1789 from Chester County
County Seat=Media

Places in Delaware County where your ancestors may have had a wedding and lived: Aldan, Aston, Bethel, Brookhaven, Chadds Ford, Chester, Chester, Chester Heights, Clifton Heights, Collingdale, Colwyn, Concord, Darby, Darby, East Lansdowne, Eddystone, Edgmont, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Lansdowne, Lower Chichester, Marcus Hook, Marple, Media, Middletown, Millbourne, Morton, Nether Providence, Newtown, Norwood, Parkside, Prospect Park, Radnor, Ridley, Ridley Park, Rose Valley, Rutledge, Sharon Hill, Springfield, Swarthmore, Thornbury, Tinicum, Trainer, Upland, Upper Chichester, Upper Darby, Upper Providence, Yeadon.

Delaware County Archives
201 West Front St.
Media, PA 19063
Birth and Death Records: 610-891-5620
Marriage Records: 610-891-4403
Divorce Records: 610-891-4370

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