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From: "Elissa Scalise Powell, CGRS" <>
Subject: RE: [APG] Is there? - Pennsylvania
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 21:37:43 -0500
Depending on the denomination, Church records might work if all the children
had records there. How about the dead siblings obits? Or the parents of
these children? Were the stillborn child(ren) buried in the family plot?
And Richard is quite correct, the census is a very good bet. At least of all
these record groups it is a public record.
Pennsylvania is notorious for controlling their birth and death records
since 1906 and for those not used to it, it may seem strange. For those of
us in PA, it is a way of life.
-- Elissa in Pittsburgh
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard A. Pence [mailto:]
> Sent: Friday, December 12, 2003 8:51 PM
> Subject: Re: [APG] Is there?
> Debbe Hagner <> wrote:
> > 3. A friend of mine has written to Vital Statistic requesting her
> > mother's birth certificiate and they send back an EXTRACTED copy of the
> > birth cert. She wanted a copy of the original and written to them and
> > called them... All she want to know WHAT number child her mother was(
> > she heard her mother is ONE of 13 children)... Her mother is STILL
> > alive today(90year old) and the state won't release that information!!!
> > Why is that private or confidential?? IS there a way around it... This
> > is for Pennsylvania... and the last name is CLARK. She is trying to
> > put a timeline to all her mother's brothers and sisters and then figure
> > out which number child is born when and which one was a stillborn. I
> > hope there is another way around this problem. I tried "Freedom if
> > Information Act" and that didn't work... I tried to talk to surprvisor
> > and they said it is confidential (I dont understand what is SO
> > confidential about it)....
> Since the mother was born in 1913, you should be able to get a pretty good
> picture of her family from the census records for 1900 - 1930.
> Richard P.
> Fairfax, VA
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