PA Death Records Will Be Online--Happy Dance Time!
The state put the index on line when this Bill was signed into law. But it was by year and has a very complicated indexing system (NOT alphabetical). Again not much help if you had no idea of the death year.
But as of the end of August 2012 these records are being scanned by Ancestry.com. They will be made available as each year is completed. You will be able to search by name and other criteria.
Of course you will need a subscription to Ancestry.com to access the data. However after three years they will be made available on the state website for free. Birth records will be available back to 105 years after the date of birth; death records 50 years after the date of death.
Many times Ancestry offers certain database indexes for free, although there is no way to tell if this might be one of them. However they do offer trial periods for free, usually 2 weeks, which you can take advantage of if you have a list of people to search. Here is the announcement (need to scroll down some) on the state website PA State Announcement.
This news most certainly made me do a happy dance. I was jumping up and down and my daughter said "Did we win the lottery?" She was quite disappointed to hear my excitement was over "dead people". I feel this may finally be my chance to find the death date and burial place of my great grandfather Eugene Ellsworth Lammy, my biggest brick wall. Of course only if he actually died in PA, using the Lammay name.
It is still unclear to me whether the entire scanned image will be available to view like it is for many other states online. I am keeping my fingers crossed that will be the case. But any information online will be a great help to myself and other PA genealogists. Here is a link to the forums where a discussion has been going on about these records and it is where I learned this great news. Death Record Discussion