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This report is extracted from the 1000 Section (Confirmed Newspaper Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.   Either a compiler, publisher or repository had confirmed the existance of this index and supplied information for the report. See the INTRODUCTION for the methodology used in compiling the LATHROP REPORT.

REPORT NO:  1063A Previous Report (1062A)  |  Next Report (1063B)
INDEX NAME:  Index to Vital Statistics in Erie Newspapers, 1820-1906.
  • DISPATCH GAZETTE Erie PA 1820-1899
  • ERIE DISPATCH Erie PA 1851-1906
  • ERIE GAZETTE Erie PA 1820-1899
  • GAZETTE Erie PA 1820-1899
  • MORNING DISPATCH Erie PA 1820-1906
  • OBSERVER Erie PA 1830-1885(Jan 1)
  • WEEKLY DISPATCH Erie PA 1863(Feb 28)-1894(Dec 27)
COMPILER:  A Work's Project Administration (WPA) project. 1938-1941
3 So. Perry Square
Erie PA 16501
Telephone: (814) 452-2333
AVAILABILITY:  Two copies of this index were produced. One of them is available for use in the Erie City and County Library during regular hours.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  The purpose of this index was to make a copy of the MARRIAGE, DEATH and BIRTH NOTICES from the files of newspapers available covering the period 1820-1906 inclusive. The period covered by these newspapers was before the establishment of a bureau for the recording of vital statistics in the state, and the objective was to furnish at least a partial record for the city of Erie. It should be remembered in using this compilation, first, that BIRTH NOTICES were not customarily published during that period, and secondly, that notices of any kind had to be paid for at the rate of one dollar, in cash or produce. Therefore, only the relatively well-fixed family could have its name in such notices.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  A typewritten list in alphabetical order on 8½x11 inch pages and bound into 19 volumes. Down the left hand side are the personal names, last name first. The last name is capitalized. Immediately to the right of each name is the entry. Each entry consists of the word MARRIED, DIED or BIRTH (?). MARRIAGE announcements tell where the marriage took place, the date of the marriage, the name and home town of the couple, the name of the clergyman, the name of the newspaper reporting the marriage (in an abbreviated or coded form) and the date of the newspaper. DIED announcements indicate the date of death, the age at death, and sometimes the home town of the person, along with the newspaper and date where the story appeared. BIRTH announcements are not illustrated in the sample. There appear to be many cross references from the names of women to the names of men. This may indicate that marriage announcements are filed only under the name of the man.
SIZE OF INDEX:  A 19 volume set with about 150 pages per volume.
Herbert O. Brayer. "Preliminary guide to indexed newspapers in the United States, 1850-1900". Mississippi Valley Historical Review, v.33, #2, Sept. 2, 1946.
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