Birth Certificates (Delayed) (1870-1906)

Delayed birth registrations were authorized by legislation in 1941 to provide proof of birth for individuals born prior to 1906. The Delayed Birth Registration Index provides over 8,000 names of individuals living in Lancaster County that were born during the time period of 1870 to 1906.

These records were originally filed in the Orphan’s Court and may provide the petitioner’s date / place of birth, parent’s information, number of children born to petitioner’s mother and number of children now living, and the original signature of the petitioner. They also provide affidavits from religious officials, friends, and relatives of the petitioner. These county records are valuable since they cover the time before Pennsylvania began maintaining state birth and death certificates beginning in 1906.

Researchers should contact the Pennsylvania Department of Vital Records for all birth records beginning in 1906.