Westmoreland County Register of Wills Michael Ginsburg is offering to fill out notarized affidavits at no charge for couples who were married by the late Raymond Tubbs, a North Huntingdon district judge.
Tubbs served from 1974 through 1989 but often failed to record licenses for marriages he performed. He was booted out of office in a ticket-fixing scandal and died in 2008.
“We’re finding out you have a 1 in 7 chance that we don’t have a recording of your marriage license,” said Ginsburg. “This does not mean you’re not married. It just means you can’t prove you’re married.”
Couples who were married by Tubbs are urged to contact the Westmoreland County Register of Wills by E-mail at ROW@co.westmoreland.pa.us or by phone at 724-830-3177 to confirm that their marriages are officially recorded.
“Should your marriage not be on record, no problem. We need the husband and wife to fill out a notarized affidavit which we will provide. Our office will then send out a free certified copy of your marriage license,” Ginsburg said.