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The Coroner of Allegheny County maintained a census of arrivals at the county morgue. The morgue record, from which this index was produced, may include such information as name of deceased, occupation, residence, physical appearance, date and cause of death, where found, disposition of remains, age, and description of clothing and effects. The alphabetic, by-last-name index includes only last name, given name, the volume of the book, and book page number for locating the original record. Each volume covers a short time period of a few months and has approximately 250 entries each. Presently, our index has over 31,096 entries from the years 1900 thru 1953. What to do when you find a name of interest in the index? Send a request to: Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS), Archives Committee, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pennsylvania Department, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4007. Please include the following: The Name, Volume # and Page # for your ancestor along with a check or money order made out to WPGS for $5.00. Please allow between 2-4 weeks for your request to be processed and returned to you. See the file "Morgue Book Volume Details" for a table showing some details regarding volume date ranges, exceptions, and the number of names.
Uploaded: 12 June 2019
This Morgue Book Volume Details file provides some details regarding volume date ranges, exceptions, and the number of names.
Uploaded: 12 June 2019
In 1885 Pennsylvania enacted a law requiring county governments to provide burial expenses and a headstone for honorably discharged soldiers, sailors or marines who were indigent (had no means of support). In 1911 this benefit was extended to all honorably discharged veterans. Indigent widows of veterans were also eligible beginning in 1915. Allegheny County military veterans' burial records were kept by the County Commissioners. These fragile books were located in a government storage area. The WPGS Archives Committee prepared a name index to the nearly 10,000 names in these records. THESE BOOKS DO NOT LIST EVERY VETERAN'S BURIAL in Allegheny County. Not all veterans participated in the program. There are scattered records for veterans of early wars (including the Revolutionary War), but only a very few. For research and organizational purposes, WPGS archive workers considered the records to fall into two categories. WPGS Designation Persons Covered Years of Entries Earliest Death Entered | Part 1 Indigent honorably discharged soldier, sailor or marine;1885 - c. 1911; 1864 | Part 2 Honorably discharged soldier, sailor or marine; starting in 1915, their indigent widows also; c. 1912 - 1935; 1863 | The record books generally list the following information, though there may be some blank fields. Name | Place of burial, section, range, lot, grave | Date of birth, Rank, Company, Regiment | Date of enlistment, Date of discharge | Served in which war | Place and date of death | Legal residence at date of death | Nearest living relative and address | Undertaker and address | Headstone desired, yes or no | Bronze, granite, plate, signature | Affidavit of undertaker | Details of expenses | Affidavit of witness | Affidavit- If burial expense had been paid. This file is just the index, not the actual documents. The original documents are now stored at the Detre Library and Archives at the Heinz History Center. Please contact the Library & Archives at 412-454-6362 or library@heinzhistorycenter.org prior to your visit to ensure the materials you need to access will be available. 171 pages that include 9,908 entries.
Uploaded: 10 January 2021
This file is just the index, not the actual documents. The original documents are now stored at the Detre Library and Archives at the Heinz History Center. Please contact the Library & Archives at 412-454-6362 or library@heinzhistorycenter.org prior to your visit to ensure the materials you need to access will be available. 50 pages that include 3,051 entries
Uploaded: 12 June 2019