Here is a link to the PA Death Cert Index. Not the actual death certificates but an index sort of to them. The early ones are pretty straight forward. I had trouble with the 1946 index. But for what its worth here it is just to whet your appetite.
Thanks so much for the link. I was able to finaly find my g-grandmothers death date.
Thanks for posting this, Jim. I found Hiram B. Straw's death certificate number. He was my grandmother's first husband and died falling from a roof in Pittsburgh but have had a hard time finding much info on him. Next time in Pittsburgh I have ammunition! LOL
Sally - you are welcome. I got the info from Caren that afternoon in chat. I don't know when the actual death certs will be posted. That will give you more ammunition.
Thank you for the link.
In the 1945 Index, I see name, location of death, Initial of surname then 3 digits space and 2 digits followed by date of death and certificate no. Do you know what the 3 digits space 2 digits represents?
Hi Eileen - sorry it took so long to get back to you. I can help you partially. I don't know what the 3number group is. The 2 number group is a number they assigned to the county. Like York Co is "67" So alphabetically York Co is last of the 67 counties in PA.
Where in PA are you researching? I live in Dover which is in York Co.
Hi again Eileen I answered before about the 2 digit numbers representing the alphabetical listing of the counties for example York is last of the counties alphabetically and would be number 67 as there are 67 counties in PA
The three digit group is the soundex code for your surname. Duh why didn't I think about that earlier. Here is a link to the Soundex Converter on Rootsweb http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/soundexconverter
Where can I find the County Code descriptions? Also, it is unfortunate that the indexes do not have headers to let us know what each column represents. For instance, in the 1953 index, my thought is that the colums are: County Code/ Month of Death; Date of Death; Year. But that is questionable. Could the first column represent the age at death instead of a county code?