Hello to All,
This week I was in the Registers Office at the Clearfield Courthouse photographing the old death records (which we hope to have transcribed and online this year - thank you Erie and Jennifer for volunteering). While there I was fortunate enough to stumble across the original county birth records for the 1852-1854 period. I photographed them, and just finished transcribing and posting them to our Births Page at http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/clearfield/births.htm
There were 23 records in total.
During the period 1852-1854, Counties in PA experimented with keeping birth, marriage, and death records. The system was not mandatory, and because of the registration fee, it was not widely utilized by the average person. The system was abandoned by most counties in 1854, and the registration of births and deaths was not started again until 1893. In 1906, the state of PA took over, and it was made mandatory.
"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten,
either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing"
(Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac)