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Statewide registration of births began in June 1912 in Virginia.

Next Step: When did the birth occur?

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

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Births before 1853

Before 1853, no births were recorded by the county or state. 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
Tax Records
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Births from 1853 thru June 1912

In 1853, Virginia passed a law requiring counties to record births, although not all counties complied or continued to record them on a consistent basis. Birth registers during the Civil War period (1861-1865) are incomplete. From 1896-1911, births were not recorded. Delayed birth registrations for the years 1896-1912 exist. If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in other records.

For births that occurred during the time period, try the following databases.

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Virginia Births, 1853-1917 FamilySearch - Free; Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917. Most counties only have records to 1896.
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Virginia Births, 1853-1896 Ancestry Library edition - Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center OR use your own Ancestry subscription.
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Obtain the Record

With approximate birth years and places, you can locate birth records from 1853-1896 on microfilm available through the Library of Virginia and the Family History Library.

Delayed birth records for the years 1869-1912 are available for a fee at the Virginia Division of Vital Records (PDF file).


There are no restrictions on these records.

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Births after June 1912

Statewide registration of births began in June 1912 in Virginia. Currently, there are no online indexes to Virginia births from June 1912 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 the Virginia Division of Vital Records (PDF file) 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 parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate
  • The spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The child of the person on the certificate
  • The sibling of the person 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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