What records do you have in these offices and for what periods?
  • Probate / Administration records begin in 1875.
  • Orphans’ Court cases date back to 1848.
  • Marriage records begin at 1885.
  • Birth / Death certificate information is recorded for 1893 to 1905 only.
  • All birth / death records from 1906 to the present are kept at the state level. Please visit the Bureau of Vital Records for more information.

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1. Where are you located?
2. What are your hours of operation?
3. What records can be viewed by the public?
4. What records do you have in these offices and for what periods?
5. How may I obtain information?
6. What is a research fee?
7. What does probate mean?
8. Why is a will registered or probated?
9. What does intestate mean?
10. What is a short certificate?
11. When does a will get probated and filed?
12. Why do you keep the original will?
13. I can only find a copy of the decedent’s will. What can I do?
14. What are Letters ot Testamentary / Letters of Administration?
15. Do I need an attorney to probate an estate?
16. What do I need to open an estate?
17. Can your office help me prepare the inheritance forms?
18. What are the requirements to apply for a marriage license?
19. How do I obtain a certified marriage license?
20. Can I obtain a copy of my divorce decree in your office?