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== [[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to Find United States Birth Records]]  ==
 
== [[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to Find United States Birth Records]]  ==
  
*[[How to Find United States Birth Records|Step by step guide]] on how to find birth records in the United States. You must know the state the individual was born in.
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To find a birth record, choose the state the birth occurred:
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:'''''What if you don't know the state?''''' — Go to [[How to Estimate United States Birth Information|'''How to Estimate Birth Information''']]
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*[[How to Find Alabama Birth Records|Alabama]]
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*[[How to Find Alaska Birth Records|Alaska]]
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*[[How to Find Arizona Birth Records|Arizona]]
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*[[How to Find Arkansas Birth Records|Arkansas]]
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*[[How to Find California Birth Records|California]]
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*[[How to Find Colorado Birth Records|Colorado]]
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*[[How to Find Connecticut Birth Records|Connecticut]]
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*[[How to Find Delaware Birth Records|Delaware]]
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*[[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records|District of Columbia]]
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*[[How to Find Florida Birth Records|Florida]]
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*[[How to Find Georgia Birth Records|Georgia]]
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*[[How to Find Hawaii Birth Records|Hawaii]]
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*[[How to Find Idaho Birth Records|Idaho]]
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*[[How to Find Illinois Birth Records|Illinois]]
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*[[How to Find Indiana Birth Records|Indiana]]
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*[[How to Find Iowa Birth Records|Iowa]]
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*[[How to Find Kansas Birth Records|Kansas]]
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*[[How to Find Kentucky Birth Records|Kentucky]]
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*[[How to Find Louisiana Birth Records|Louisiana]]
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*[[How to Find Maine Birth Records|Maine]]
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*[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records|Maryland]]
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*[[How to Find Massachusetts Birth Records|Massachusetts]]
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*[[How to Find Michigan Birth Records|Michigan]]
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*[[How to Find Minnesota Birth Records|Minnesota]]
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*[[How to Find Mississippi Birth Records|Mississippi]]
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*[[How to Find Missouri Birth Records|Missouri]]
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*[[How to Find Montana Birth Records|Montana]]
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*[[How to Find Nebraska Birth Records|Nebraska]]
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*[[How to Find Nevada Birth Records|Nevada]]
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*[[How to Find New Hampshire Birth Records|New Hampshire]]
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*[[How to Find New Jersey Birth Records|New Jersey]]
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*[[How to Find New Mexico Birth Records|New Mexico]]
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*[[How to Find New York Birth Records|New York]]
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*[[How to Find North Carolina Birth Records|North Carolina]]<br>
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*[[How to Find North Dakota Birth Records|North Dakota]]
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*[[How to Find Ohio Birth Records|Ohio]]
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*[[How to Find Oklahoma Birth Records|Oklahoma]]
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*[[How to Find Oregon Birth Records|Oregon]]
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*[[How to Find Pennsylvania Birth Records|Pennsylvania]]
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*[[How to Find Rhode Island Birth Records|Rhode Island]]
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*[[How to Find South Carolina Birth Records|South Carolina]]
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*[[How to Find South Dakota Birth Records|South Dakota]]
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*[[How to Find Tennessee Birth Records|Tennessee]]
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*[[How to Find Texas Birth Records|Texas]]
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*[[How to Find Utah Birth Records|Utah]]
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*[[How to Find Vermont Birth Records|Vermont]]
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*[[How to Find Virginia Birth Records|Virginia]]
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*[[How to Find Washington Birth Records|Washington]]
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*[[How to Find West Virginia Birth Records|West Virginia]]
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*[[How to Find Wisconsin Birth Records|Wisconsin]]
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*[[How to Find Wyoming Birth Records|Wyoming]]<br>
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*[[How to Find United States Marriage Records|How to find US marriage records]] <br>
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*[[How to Find United States Death Records|How to find US death records]]
  
 
== Introduction to Birth Records  ==
 
== Introduction to Birth Records  ==

Revision as of 09:59, 16 November 2020


How to Find United States Vital Records

1. U.S. Birth Records
2. U.S. Marriage Records
3. U.S. Death Records

How to Find United States Birth Records[edit | edit source]

To find a birth record, choose the state the birth occurred:

What if you don't know the state? — Go to How to Estimate Birth Information

Introduction to Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Birth records might seem like the first place to start your search, but experts recommend looking into death records first and marriage records second, followed by birth records (because they are usually the most difficult to find).

It is very common to find birth information in other sources. For example, New England town records may contain some of the earliest birth records, but mandatory birth record were not kept by all of the states until well into the 1900s. Some early records of births and christenings or baptism dates were kept in local church records. But, it is not unusual for birth records to be entirely missing.

State and county jurisdictions began keeping birth and death records at different times as required in each state, so you must check with the local state laws to determine when the earliest state or county birth records are available. In some states, birth records are confidential for a period of up to 100 years or more, and access to more recent records may require proof that you are a direct descendant of the person whose record you seek. To write for vital records see the following:

Some birth records are filmed and/or digitized and part of the Family History Library collection. To check the availability of birth records in a particular state, go the vital records wiki pages for that state. In addition you may browse or search FamilySearch Historical Record Collections. You may also search either by topic or geographic location in the FamilySearch Catalog.

Content of Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Birth records generally give the child's name, sex, date and place of birth, and the names of the parents. Records of the twentieth century may provide additional details, such as the name of the hospital, birthplace of parents, occupation of the parents, marital status of the mother, and the number of other children born to the mother.

If no record was filed at the time of an individual's birth, the person, in some jurisdictions, may request a delayed registration of birth by showing proof of the birth as recorded in a Bible, school, census, or church record, or by testimony from a person who witnessed the birth. Delayed registrations generally did not become common in the United States until after 1937 when the Social Security Administration required proof of birth. The registration is usually in the state where the birth occurred. The Family History Library has some copies of many delayed certificates, especially for the Midwestern states.

A corrected record of a birth may be filed if a name was changed or added. Most corrections require affidavits of eyewitnesses or evidence from other official records. The library has microfilm copies of a few of these records.

The United States Social Security Administration Records is a database whose records reveal an individual's full name and residence at time of application, birth and death dates and last known residence.

Type of Information You may find in Birth Records[edit | edit source]

  • An address that would lead to the discovery of the family in a census or city directory
  • Ages of parents
  • Child’s birth order
  • Child's gender
  • Church records for the birth
  • Date of birth
  • Family’s home address
  • Full name of child
  • Hospital or name a medical attendant
  • Maiden name for the mother
  • Names of both parents
  • Names of the previous generation
  • Newspaper birth announcement
  • Occupation of parents
  • Parents' approximate years of birth
  • Parents' birthplaces
  • Place of birth
  • Race of child
  • Religious affiliation
  • Which children belong to which mother in the case of multiple marriages

How Information from Birth Records can Help Research[edit | edit source]

Once you have a birth date, you can look far a newspaper announcement that could lead to more information about the family. Knowing the birth place can help to locate the family and lead to additional records, such as land records, and city directories. The birth record may also contain the maiden name of the mother and the parents' and child's complete names. Some birth records also have the name of the hospital and doctor or attendant. In some instances, the birth record may also contain the family's religious affiliation.

Places to Look for Birth Information[edit | edit source]

Tips:[edit | edit source]

  • Obtain both birth records and Death records for your ancestor and their siblings and by comparing the information you can establish the correct information.
  • If an informant gave the information on a death record, establish their relationship to the deceased, closer relations usually had more details and association with the deceased.
  • Death records may contain reference to church affiliation, burial location.

Records at the Family History Library[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has copies of many death records indexes and death records. These records can be found in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under each of the following approaches:

[STATE] - BIRTH RECORDS
[STATE], [COUNTY] - BIRTH RECORDS
[STATE], [COUNTY], [TOWN] - BIRTH RECORDS

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[STATE] - CHRISTENINGS
[STATE], [COUNTY] - CHRISTENINGS
[STATE], [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CHRISTENINGS


You can find further information about birth records in research pages available for each state.

Websites[edit | edit source]



A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

United States Births and Christenings - FamilySearch Historical Records

Sources[edit | edit source]