Pennsylvania Birth and Death Indices

Created: Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Vital Records has posted on-line the Birth Indices for the year 1906 and the Death Indices for the years 1906-1961. 

The Birth Indices includes the name, Mothers maiden name and first initial and the place of birth. 

The Death Indices includes the name, age, date of death and the place of death.

Alice Gayley 1938-2015

Created: Friday, 14 August 2015

The Board of Directors is sad to report that Alice Gayley, the Vice President of PA-Roots passed away on August 11, 2015. Alice and Nathan Zipfel began PA-Roots in 1998 as a resource for Pennsylvania county pages they were involved with. Alice was the co-host for Jefferson and Armstrong counties in those early days. Alice went on to develop the Clearfield county website and began her Pennsylvania in the Civil War website Her website has been a very valuable resource for individuals researching their Civil War Ancestor. Alice's contribution to Pennsylvania and Civil War research has been invaluable. She was a friend and valued member of PA-Roots and will be greatly missed. (Her obituary is included at the bottom of this message)

If you've benefitted from Alice's work please consider making a donation in her memory to support the ongoing work of PA-Roots.

Nathan Zipfel
President,, Inc

Alice Jane Gayley, age 76, of Brookville, PA, passed away in Pittsburgh, PA, on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. 

She was born on September 30, 1938, in Brookville, PA, to David T. and Violet Gayley; both precede her in death. She worked as a government contractor doing computer programming throughout her career. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Brookville, PA. She was an avid reader and loved history, especially the era of the civil war.

She is survived by her brother David Gayley of Santa Cruz, CA; numerous nieces and a nephew. In addition to her parents, a sister and a brother precede her in death.

Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, from 9am-2pm, at the McKinney-d'Argy Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Brookville, PA, 15825. A funeral service will be held the same day, beginning at 2pm also at the funeral home, with the Rev. Nathan Royster officiating. Interment will take place at Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Eldred Twp., Jefferson Co.

Press Release - Articles of Incorporation filed

Created: Wednesday, 03 December 2008


1 December 2008
- PA-Roots, the premier internet resource for genealogical and historical research in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region has filed Articles of Incorporation under the Pennsylvania Nonprofit Corporation Law of 1988 and is organized exclusively for the following purposes:

  • To make genealogical and historical data freely available on the Internet for public research and educational needs.
  • To gather, transcribe, preserve, and promote the study of genealogical and historical data.

PA-Roots was founded in March 1998 by Alice Gayley and Nathan Zipfel to provide research resources for Pennsylvania.  Over the past 10 years research resources have been added for each county in Pennsylvania as well as the states of Delaware, Maryland and New York.  PA-Roots currently houses over 600,000 individual pages of freely accessible data.

Nathan Zipfel, President PA-Roots

Passing of Shirley Pierce

Created: Monday, 15 February 2010

Shirley Pierce, a founding Director of PA-Roots passed away on 6 February 2010 following a valiant fight with cancer.  Shirley was very active providing resources for Clearfield, Elk and Jefferson counties in Pennsylvania.  During the Board of Directors meeting in January Shirley was elected to the status of Director of Emeritus.  Her presence will be deeply missed by the genealogy community. 

Shirley Pierce

Shirley Jean Pierce, 58, Fern Hollow Lane, Brookville, died Saturday at Brookville Hospital.
Born June 4, 1951 in Brookville, she was a daughter of the late Charles Edward and Betty Allen Zipfel of Shinglehouse. She was married to William K. Pierce Sr. on April 2, 1971 in Coudersport. He survives.
She lived in the Elmer/Monroeville area of New Jersey for many years. She worked for William Schober and Sons in Monroeville, N.J. and later moved to the Smyrna/Dover area of Delaware where she worked at Rick's Deli and as a clerk for Boscov's Department Store.
She returned to Pennsylvania and was active in volunteering at Jefferson County Historical Society in Brookville; and she was on the Board of Directors of the PA-Roots, a Pennsylvania non-profit, web-based genealogy organization. She enjoyed quilting, family history research and spending time with her family.
She is also survived by a son, William K. Pierce Jr. of Brookville; a daughter, Tracy Lynn (Jimmy) Blanchfield of Smyrna, Del.; five brothers: Charles Zipfel of North Olmstead, Ohio, Steven Zipfel of Doylestown, Jeffery Zipfel of Aliquippa, the Rev. Nathan Zipfel of Johnstown and Phillip Zipfel of New London; one sister, Virginia Kirchhoff of Elkart, Ind.; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Zipfel.
PIERCE: Shirley Jean, Fern Hollow Lane, Brookville, died Feb. 6, 2010. Friends will be received Friday at the time of services at Sigel United Methodist Church. A funeral service will be held at noon Friday at the church with the Revs. Nathan Zipfel and Kevin Bochus officiating. Burial will be in Brookville Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Jefferson County Historical Society, 172 Main St., Brookville, PA 15825. Arrangements are under the direction of the McKinney Funeral Home, Brookville.

1857 Lebanon Advertiser Data Extracts

Created: Monday, 01 December 2008

The births, deaths, marriages and other significant events from the Lebanon Advertiser issues June 24, 1857 - December 30, 1857 have been extracted and posted on-line thanks to Shirley Pierce.  Visit our Lebanon County website to begin reading this valuable resource.