Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966  

This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) may interest readers of this blog because it is possible to search for persons who were born in St. Louis. A record in this collection includes information recorded on a typical death certificate, and generally provides:

·         name and residence of the decedent
·         city and county of death
·         gender and race
·         marital status
·         age and date of birth
·         occupation
·         place of birth
·         parents' names and birthplaces
·         date of death
·         dates attended by physician
·         cause of death
·         attending physician and address
·         length of stay in hospital or institution or length of residency for transients or recent arrivals
·         place of burial or removal
·         date of burial
·         undertaker name and address
·         name and address of informant

Pennsylvania Welcomes You! sign (PA.gov photo)
Pennsylvania Welcomes You! sign (PA.gov photo)

To search for a St. Louis birth in this collection:

SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE death certificates

Select Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966. Then select:

BIRTH—LOCATION Saint Louis, Missouri, USA (Exact)

This search returns 1.517 results. You can also search for a particular person by inputting first, middle, and last name. You could also input a particular birth date, or a range of dates (for example, 1860-1870). I did searches for persons born in St. Louis during the following date ranges:

    1820-1830—1
    1830-1840—7
    1840-1850—49
    1850-1860—123
    1860-1870—219
    1870-1880—304
    1880-1890—337
    1890-1900—283

As you can see, this record collection provides birth information for 1,517 individuals born in St. Louis prior to 1901. What’s more, it almost always provides not just year but day, month, and year! Names and birthplaces of parents are also normally provided. Parents’ birthplaces can include a city or town name, but may merely provide a state or country.

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