A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.
The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas.
They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date.
In Pennsylvania, church records are often used as a substitute for birth, marriage, and death information.
See the Courthouse section on this page for the Erie County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Prothonotary office information.
See Vital Records The Orphans' Court is responsible for a wide range of matters.
It is the role of the Court to ensure that the best interests of the person or entity are not compromised.
The Clerk certifies and distributes orders of the Court.The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania.Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts.For many counties copies of court records may be found at the Pennsylvania State Archives and in the Family Search collection.Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections.Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters.