Birth Certificate from Luzerne County, PA

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Birth Certificate from Luzerne County, PA

Postby pldestef » 12 Dec 2010, 18:00

Earlier this year I requested the birth certificate of my grandfather from the Luzerne County (PA) Clerk's Office to start gathering the paperwork needed to establish Italian citizenship.

They sent me a certified birth certificate for my grandfather, however, the name in the docket does not match his name whatsoever; nor is his father's name correct. I have heard that this can be a serious problem when applying for citizenship.

I have a feeling the clerk may have had difficulty reading the older handwriting found in the docket as he didn't seem to be the sharpest individual when I spoke to him on the phone.

When I asked if I could come and see the docket they said that would be fine but I was not allowed to make a copy of the ledger. Does anyone know if that is true- why can't public records be photocopied?

What can I do to get through this first obstacle?

Would church baptismal records be a possible avenue to establish that they are the same people?

Any advice is appreciated!

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Re: Birth Certificate from Luzerne County, PA

Postby juanminbar » 12 Dec 2010, 19:57

Does anyone know if that is true- why can't public records be photocopied?

one reason is due to the sheet becoming quite brittle. just trying to preserve the data until everything is photographed.

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Re: Birth Certificate from Luzerne County, PA

Postby Rodio » 13 Dec 2010, 00:20

I had to get records from Luzerne Co. as well. They told me a marriage record I was looking for did not exist--I had to get the microfilms from the local LDS family history center, find the record, then send a copy of the record to get the cert I needed. If you live close enough to pay them a visit in person, do it. Find the correct record and ask them to fill out a proper BC. Take your receipt from your first try; they shouldn't charge you if the mistake is theirs. It should be easier than looking at films. In your case, it sounds like they made the mistake.

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Re: Birth Certificate from Luzerne County, PA

Postby juanminbar » 14 Dec 2010, 05:00

many of the records for luzerne county are housed at a different location.

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Re: Birth Certificate from Luzerne County, PA

Postby pldestef » 17 Dec 2010, 15:58

juanminbar- do you know if birth records before from 1905 would be at a different location?

What questions should I be asking of the Register of Wills?

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Postby juanminbar » 18 Dec 2010, 04:44

i will inquire next monday and get back to you.

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Re: Birth Certificate from Luzerne County, PA

Postby lilbees » 18 Dec 2010, 12:24

While I was researching another part of my family I tried to find records in Luzerne County prior to 1885. After a while the various clerks I spoke with talked with me as to where records are stored. It seems they are stored in many basements around the area. In fact, what I was looking for were in boxes which had no organization whatsoever. They would have to go through box by box to locate anything. These records are "some day" to put in order. What I also found is that very few, if any, retained many records prior to 1885. The records from then to about 1910 were similarly kept in such disorder as well especially if you wanted a copy. Much easier to take the information from some ledger than to find the actual record.

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Re: Birth Certificate from Luzerne County, PA

Postby juanminbar » 20 Dec 2010, 16:33

juanminbar- do you know if birth records before from 1905 would be at a different location?

What questions should I be asking of the Register of Wills?\===============================================

good morning, i contacted (phone 570-825-1500) wilkes barre register of wills. they have birth records 1893 to 1905.
located at penn place: 20 n. pennsylvania avenue.

good luck, john

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Re: Birth Certificate from Luzerne County, PA

Postby juanminbar » 20 Dec 2010, 16:39

below is access to luzerne county.

http://www.luzernecounty.org/county/row ... _of_courts

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Re: Birth Certificate from Luzerne County, PA

Postby pldestef » 20 Dec 2010, 20:38

Thanks John!

I will report back after I make the trip to Luzerne County.

Best,

Paula


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