Genealogical & Archival Search Requests

The Bucks County Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court are two of the oldest government offices in the country.

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 to 1936 are available for review as well as the original files for the past 5 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:

Search / Records RequestedCost
Genealogical Search Request (Index Search by Name): 1684 to 1950$25 per name
(Non-refundable, even if no record is found)
Additional Search Request Fees:
  • 1684 to 1987: Index printout includes name, year of death and index number
  • 1987 to Present: Index printout also includes date of death
$1 per page
Copy Made by Public$0.25 per page
Copy Made by Staff$1 per page
Certificate of Marriage$20 per certified record
Certified Birth/Death Records (1893 to 1906)$20 per certified copy
Certified Marriage Application Record (1885 to Present)$21 per certified record
Copy of Marriage Application Record (1885 to Present)$1 per record

For a full list of office fees, visit our Fee Bill page.

Birth / Death Records: 1907 to Present

Birth/Death records for 1907 to present are only available from:
Vital Records
101 S Mercer Street
Room 401
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16101
Phone: 724-656-3100
Toll Free Phone: 844-228-3516
PA Department of Health Vital Records Website

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 the Register/Clerk's office by email.

To learn more about current panel members, visit our Resource Directory.

Additional Resources

The United States Census Bureau
Phone: 301-763-6440
Fax: 301-457-2654
Email the U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Census Bureau Website

National Archives and Records
14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Phone: 215-305-2044