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Genealogical and Archival Search Requests

Our Archive Research Center is open to the public!  No appointment is required to visit.  You are welcome to come into our office on the third floor of the Courthouse and discover for yourself the wealth of information available.

The Bucks County Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court records date back to 1684.  The complete set of microfilm records for these files can be found in our Archive Research Center.  Also, Register of Wills original documents on-site dating from 1684 to1936 are available for review as well as the original files for the past five years.  All other original records are stored off-site and are available with advance request.

Please keep in mind that there are charges for searches, copies of documents or certified records.  You may also request records in person or through the mail.  Please include a self-addressed envelope with your request.  The most common research fees are:

Genealogical Search Request (1684 - 1950) - Index Search by Name

$25.00 per name
Non-refundable, even if no record is found.

Additional Fees

(1684-1987) Index printout includes name, year of death and index number
(1987-present) Index printout also includes date of death

$1.00 per page

Copy made by public

$0.25 per page

Copy made by staff $1.00 per page

Marriage Application Record (1885 - Present) - copy of record

$1.00 per record

Certified Marriage Application Record (1885 - Present)

$21.00 per certified record

Certificate of Marriage

$20.00 per certified record

Certified Birth/Death Records (1893 - 1906)***

$20.00 per certified copy

See our Fee Bill for a full list of office fees.

***Note: Birth/Death Records for 1907 to present are only available from:
Vital Records
101 S. Mercer Street
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16101
1-877-PA-HEALTH
www.health.state.pa.us/vitalrecords

HISTORIC ADVISORY PANEL

The Bucks County Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court has established a Historic Advisory Panel.  If you wish to join please contact Sheila Bass at registerofwills@co.bucks.pa.us.  Current members are:

Bristol Township Historic Society
2501 Bath Road
Bristol, PA 19007
215-785-0500

Bucks County Historical Society
Mercer Museum & Spruance Library
84 South Pine St.
Doylestown, PA  18901
215-345-0210
Affiliated with:
Buckingham Township Civic Association
Carversville Historic Society
Chalfont Historic Society
Doylestown Township Historic Society
Dublin Borough Historic Society

Falls Township Historic Society & Historic Preservation Board
188 Lincoln Highway
Falls Township, PA  19030
215-949-9000

Historical Society of Bensalem
3211 Knights Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
215-639-6575

Historic Society of Bensalem in Levittown
215-639-6575

Hilltown Historical Society
PO Box 517
Silverdale, PA  18962

Ivyland Borough Historic Society
991 Pennsylvania Avenue
Ivyland, PA  18974
215-675-0110

Lower Makefield Historical Society
P. O. Box 228
Yardley, PA  19067

Newtown Historic Association
Centre Avenue & Court Street
PO Box 303
Newtown, PA  18940
215-968-4004

Northampton Township. Historic Society
55 Township Rd.
Richboro, PA  18954
215-357-6800

Perkasie Historical Society
513 W. Walnut St.
Perkasie, PA  18944-1345
215-257-5713

Southampton Historic Society
1500 Desire Avenue
Feasterville, PA  19053
215-355-1183

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Family History Centers
~Corner of Chapman & Ferry Rds.
   Doylestown, PA  18901
    215-348-0645
~1204 Pine Grove Rd.
   Morrisville, PA 
    215-295-9628

Upper Makefield Township. Historical Society
1076 Eagle Rd.
Newtown, PA  18940
215-968-3340

Yardley Historical Association
The Old Library by Lake Afton
46 West Afton Avenue
Yardley, PA 19067
215-493-6625

Additional Resources:

The United States Census Bureau
http://www.census.gov/

National Archives & Records
14700 Townsend Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19154
(215) 305-2044

Please Note:
All information on this webpage is to inform and not to advise. It is based upon Pennsylvania law. The statements are general, and individual facts in a given case may alter their application or involve other laws not referred to here. 

Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans' Court
Donald Petrille, Jr., Esquire

Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court Street 
3rd Floor, Administration Building 
Doylestown, PA 18901

Phone: 215-348-6265
Fax: 215-348-6156 
registerofwills@buckscounty.org
orphanscourt@buckscounty.org



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Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm 
1st & 3rd Wednesday every month – open until 7:30 pm (Doylestown Office Only)

Offsite Location for Probate & Marriage License Application: 
Lower Bucks Government Service Center 
7321 New Falls Road
Levittown, PA 19055
Phone: 267-580-3585
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
(Closed for lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 pm)
Appointments are encouraged at this location