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Since September 30, 1885, marriage licenses have been required in Pennsylvania and are maintained by the Marriage License Clerk in the county courthouse of the county issuing the license. Before September 30, 1885 the issuing of licenses was not obligatory, but was intended for those cases where the banns were not published or the marriage in church was dispensed with. For these earlier marriages, church records and newspapers may provide information.

Welcome to the Library Collection of the Bucks County Historical Society

The Mercer Museum Research Library, operated by the Bucks County Historical Society, is the major research center for local and family history related to Bucks County and the surrounding region. The Library houses over 17,000 items that document not only local history, but the life and work of Henry Chapman Mercer and early American technology, culture and folk art. Library collection items include published materials such as pamphlets, family bibles, atlases, Bucks County authors, rare imprints, and more.

An example of a search for marriage records...

Marriage records -- Pennsylvania -- Bucks County (6)
Maryland -- Genealogy. (4)
Pennsylvania -- Genealogy -- Sources. (3)
Prot. Episc. (St. James) -- Church records -- Bristol, PA (3)
Registers of births, etc. -- Maryland (3)
Berks County (Pa.) -- Genealogy. (2)
Delaware -- Genealogy -- Sources. (2)
Exeter (Berks County, Pa. : Township) -- Genealogy. (2)
Lancaster County (Pa.) -- Genealogy. (2)
Marriage licenses -- Pennsylvania (2)

In the last few weeks, the Pennsylvania Archives has added some remarkable free online resources to the already-available Warrant Registers at: Pennsylvania Land Records  "Scanned Land Records"Records of the Land Office Warrant Registers, 1733-1957

These pages include instructions on how to search the records, and an abbreviated history behind the early process of recording the land transactions.


Public Notics are advertisements placed in newspapers by the government, businesses, and individuals.  They include:




Public Records

Death Indices 1906-1970

Birth Indices 1906-1915


Birth and Death Prior to 1906

1893-1906 - births and deaths were recorded by the Clerk of Orphans Court at each county courthouse. While the State Archives holds microfilm copies of these records for some counties for use by on-site researchers, mail inquiries should be directed to the courthouse of the county in which the birth or death occurred. Staff of the State Archives does not search microfilmed county records. For a complete list of county (Record Group 47) and municipal (Record Group 48) vital records found on microfilm at the Archives, consult the Archives website.


Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 348-6271

           - Pennsylvania Courthouses