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Vital Records Law Senate Bill 361 was signed into law on December 15, 2011 and will take effect on February 13, 2012. This means that Pennsylvania death certificates over 50 years old and birth certificates over 105 years old will become open records, and will then be transferred to the holdings of the Pennsylvania Archives.

How the State Archives will handle these records in terms of any online access, remains to be seen.  Regardless this is a huge victory for those who have been pushing for this access.  I will post more on the availability of records here, so stay tuned!

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