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Oregon statewide registration of births began in 1903.

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Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's birth record:

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Births before 1903

As early as 1871, some Oregon counties and cities recorded births. Delayed birth records also exist. In most cases, you must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.

  Records that give birth information:
Death Records
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Bible Records
Church Records
Census
Military Records

For births that exist during the time period, try the following database:

Oregon Birth Databases - Includes Index Only
Try 1st:
Oregon Births, 1868-1929 FamilySearch - Free; index only; incomplete
Try 2nd:
Oregon Delayed Births, 1868-1929 Oregon State Archives - Free; index only; incomplete; includes delayed births
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Obtain the Record

Most early county birth records are filed at the Oregon State Archives.

Delayed birth records are held at Oregon Public Health. Some county records are available on microfilm through the Family History Library Oregon statewide delayed filings of births, 1842-1902.

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Births after 1903

Oregon statewide registration of births began in July 1903. Currently, there are no complete online indexes to Oregon births from 1903 to the present.

Obtain the Certificate

With full names, dates and places of an event, you can order a copy of the birth certificate for a fee from Oregon Public Health or VitalChek.


Restrictions for persons born within the last 100 years:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate for those born within the last 100 years, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The immediate family member of the person on the certificate
  • The registered domestic partner on the certificate
  • The legal guardian of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the birth certificate cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 100 years have passed from the date of the birth.

If you do not want to order the birth record, there are other records with birth information you can search.

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