User:HardestyPN/Sandbox Births Estimating

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Finding U.S. Birth Records go to Estimating Birth Dates and Places

Where and When was the Person Born?[edit | edit source]

You first need to be aware of where the family lived and what some of the records were recorded about the family.

  • Census records: Locate a census for the person.
Choose a year when you know where the person lived.
Year FamilySearch
1850 United States Census, 1850
1860 United States Census, 1860
1870 United States Census, 1870
1880 United States Census, 1880
1900 United States Census, 1900
1910 United States Census, 1900
1920 United States Census, 1900
1930 United States Census, 1930
1940 United States Census, 1940

For instance, William Hardesty was listed as age 15, born in West Virginia. This means we would look for him born in about 1915 in West Virginia.

  • Death records may have birth information to help narrow down your search.
  • Family Records Many family records have information about the birth. This article will take you through how to gather family records and what type of records are available.

Guessing the Date?[edit | edit source]

  • In America men usually married at about age 25, women at about age 21. This may need to be adjusted slightly for different cultures.
  • On average, the first child is born one year after the parent’s marriage.
  • Children are usually born about every two years.

Guessing the Place?[edit | edit source]

Look up each family member in all:

  • Censuses
  • Directories
  • Tax lists
  • Land records

Find siblings places of births.