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Research Requests

The following are microfilm records which can be searched and copied by Pennsylvania Department staff.

The prepaid non-refundable search/copy/mailing fee is $5/name. Search requests are limited to 5 names and one source per letter. All request forms may be printed, filled out and mailed to the Pennsylvania Department with payment.


City Directories

City Directories are searched when specific names and years are provided. Pre-1929 the directories are searchable only by last name.
Download the Microfilm Research Request form.

Polk City Directories (Allegheny City/Pittsburgh): 1813-1975. 1815-1930 online:

Telephone Books: Pittsburgh/Allegheny County 1880-2010


Marriage Notices

Download the Microfilm Research Request form

  • Marriage Notice Index, Pittsburgh Newspapers: 1786-1910
  • Ministers Returns City of Pittsburgh only: February, 1875-June, 1886
  • Allegheny County Records:
  • Marriage Returns City of Pittsburgh 1870-75
  • Marriages in Allegheny City 1877-1882

Naturalization Index

Download the Microfilm Research Request form

Allegheny County: 1790-1906; U.S. District Court, 1820-1930;
Circuit Court, 1820-1911


Microfilm Search Request Form

Download the Microfilm Research Request form

Use for requests of City Directories, Marriage Records and Naturalizations


Birth and Death Records

Click here to link to the Birth and Death Records information and order form page.



Click here for printable order form

  • 1786-1913 ; 1963-1998; 2001- present
  • 1914-1962: Indexed on: Pennsylvania State birth/death indices


Pittsburgh Newspapers

article search, not obituaries

The Pittsburgh newspapers are not indexed so searches for newspaper articles will be done only when specific dates are provided.

Click here for printable order form.


General Reference Questions

For general reference questions which do not require printing or microfilm searching email: