If you are from PA, searching records in PA or just want to help us get the PA death certificates older then 50 years available online, please click this link to read about this grassroots effort. At the bottom of their page, they have links to "sample letters" and the places to send them to try and get the law changed.
I'm from PA and really need this law changed because I am stuck on my fathers' side of the family. I would appreciate others here that are willing to help in changing the law.users.rcn.com/timarg/PaHR-Access.htm
"Currently, all death certificates recorded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1906 have restricted access regardless of how long ago a person died. Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records regulations require the requester to supply several pieces of information (including when and where the person died), spend $9 and wait 5 weeks or longer for each and every death certificate. A requester is also required to have a direct relationship to the deceased in order to obtain a copy of a death certificate. Often a requester doesn’t know if the person is related and needs the death certificate to find out. This is especially true when compiling family histories and trying to find the descendents of a common ancestor. The information a requester is expected to supply is quite often the very information a requester is looking for and the very reason for wanting a death certificate."
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