About the Clerk of Orphans' Court

The Clerk of Orphans' Court serves as the chief records manager of the miscellaneous division of the Common Pleas Court. As such, she is responsible for the accuracy & complete maintenance of case files for accounts, (estate, trust, guardian), adoptions, appeals, claims against estates, guardianships, minors' estates, small estate proceedings, trusts, wrongful death actions, as well as sundry other miscellaneous filings. Orphans' Court division is also responsible for taking marriage applications and issuing licenses for couples who wish to be married in Pennsylvania. Historical birth and death records prior to 1906 are also available for the Orphans' Court division.