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Orphans Court, Clerk of the

[Record Group 28]

28.1 Reports and Publications
1950, 1958
2 volumes, no index
The Orphans' Court of Philadelphia County. Ceremonies marking the 50th and 75th Anniversaries of The Orphans' Court of Philadelphia County, as organized January 4, 1875, under the Constitution of 1874. [1950]
Report of the Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans Court for the Term January 4, 1954 to January 6, 1958. [1958]
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
28.2 Marriage License Applications
October 1885 to December 1915
597 reels (microfilm), index
Entries consist of Affidavit of Applicant for Marriage License, Duplicate, and, when necessary, Consent of Parent or Guardian and Petition for Appointment of Guardian. Affidavit of applicant lists name of applicant, application number; names, places of birth, dates of birth, places of residence and occupation for both parties; whether either party was married before and, if married, how marriage was dissolved, a statement that applicant is not related by blood or marriage to the person he or she is marrying, date of application and signature of clerk and applicant. Entries July 22, 1902-December 1915 add fees for license, consent of parent or guardian and appointment of guardian and name of person who paid fees. Entries August 2, 1913 - December 1915 required both parties to make application and adds, for each party, race, father's and mother's name, residence, race and birthplace, father's occupation, mother's maiden name; whether applicant has transmittable disease, is an imbecile, epileptic, of unsound mind, under guardianship as person of unsound mind or under the influence of any intoxicating liquor or narcotic drug; relationship of parties making application, whether male has within five years been an inmate of any county asylum or home for indigent persons and whether male physically able to support a family. Duplicate, which is returned by person performing ceremony, lists application number, name of person performing ceremony, date of marriage, name of groom and bride, signature of person performing ceremony, and in some cases, type of ceremony employed. Consent of Parent or Guardian lists name, address and relationship of person giving consent to marriage; signature of person giving consent, date and signature of clerk. Petition for Appointment of Guardian lists name, address, date of birth and parents of petitioner; reason for appointment of guardian, name of person petitioner is marrying, person petitioner requests to be appointed as guardian, relationship of guardian to petitioner, amount of time guardian is related to petitioner, date of application and signature of petitioner and guardian.
Originals held by Clerk of Orphans' Court.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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