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225 Pa. Code Rule 803(19). Reputation Concerning Personal or Family History.

Rule 803(19). Reputation Concerning Personal or Family History.

   (19)  Reputation Concerning Personal or Family History. A reputation among a person’s family by blood, adoption, or marriage—or among a person’s associates or in the community—concerning the person’s 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 person’s associates; and (2) the community. Prior Pennsylvania case law, none of which is recent, limited the source to the person’s family. See Picken’s 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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