Rule 803(19). Reputation Concerning Personal or Family History.
(19) Reputation Concerning Personal or Family History. A reputation among a persons family by blood, adoption, or marriageor among a persons associates or in the communityconcerning the persons birth, adoption, legitimacy, ancestry, marriage, divorce, death, relationship by blood, adoption, or marriage, or similar facts of personal or family history.
This rule is identical to F.R.E. 803(19). It changed prior Pennsylvania case law by expanding the sources from which the reputation may be drawn to include (1) a persons associates; and (2) the community. Prior Pennsylvania case law, none of which is recent, limited the source to the persons family. See Pickens Estate, 163 Pa. 14, 29 A. 875 (1894); American Life Ins. and Trust Co. v. Rosenagle, 77 Pa. 507 (1875).
The provisions of this Rule 803(19) adopted January 17, 2013, effective in sixty days, 43 Pa.B. 620.
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