Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans' Court Division


History and Fun Facts about the Register of Wills


  • In Delaware County, the first will was probated in 1789. The same year George Washington was sworn in as the 1st President of the United States.

  • The first marriage license was issued in 1885, When it became a law to obtain a license in order to get married.

  • PA Inheritance Tax was established in 1826.