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Birth, marriage & life events

Get archival birth, death, and marriage records

The City Archives has:

  • Birth and death records from July 1860 to June 1915.
  • Marriage records from July 1860 to December 1885.

Cemetery returns from 1803 to June 1860 are available too.

You can also find birth, death, and marriage records from other sources:

Mail or in person

Visit the City Archives in person, or complete a birth, death, or marriage record application and mail it to:

Department of Records
City Archives
548 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you mail your request, the record will arrive in two to four weeks. If there’s no record, the department will issue a “No Record Statement.”

The Historical land and vital records search also has digital images of birth, death, marriage, and naturalization records. You must pay for a subscription to use the search.


  • Birth or death certificate – $10 per certificate
  • Cemetery return – $10 per name search
  • Marriage registration – $10 per certificate

You can pay by cash, money order, business, or certified check. We do not accept personal checks, credit, or debit cards. Make checks payable to “City of Philadelphia.”