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Statewide registration of births began in 1861 but was discontinued in 1863. Registration resumed in 1881 and was generally complied with by 1921.

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Births before 1861

Delaware did not have birth registration on a statewide level until 1913. However, some records do exist from other early sources.

Delaware Births Databases


1680-1934 Delaware Vital Record Index Cards- At FamilySearch.org Free; Images of card indexes from the Delaware State Archives Hall of Records in Dover, Delaware.

1680-1971 Delaware Vital Records - At FamilySearch.org Free; A collection of various vital records from the Delaware Public Archives. The collection includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and cemetery records spanning various year ranges.

1710-1896 Delaware Births and Christenings - At FamilySearch.org Free; Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Delaware. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
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Delaware Birth Records 1800-1908 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center




Delaware Birth Records 1800-1908 - use your own Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library


You may need to use substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.

  Records that give birth information:
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Church Records
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Births 1861 - 1913

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

Delaware Births Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images
Delaware State Birth Records 1861-1922 - At FamilySearch.org Free; Name index and images of state birth records, 1861-1922, including delayed birth records.
Delaware Births Databases


1680-1934 Delaware Vital Record Index Cards- At FamilySearch.org Free; Images of card indexes from the Delaware State Archives Hall of Records in Dover, Delaware.

1680-1971 Delaware Vital Records - At FamilySearch.org Free; A collection of various vital records from the Delaware Public Archives. The collection includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and cemetery records spanning various year ranges.

1710-1896 Delaware Births and Christenings - At FamilySearch.org Free; Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Delaware. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
Ancestry database: Includes Index and Images

Choose one of the following:

Delaware Birth Records 1800-1908 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

Delaware Birth Records 1800-1908 - use your own Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library

Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes No birth record for your ancestor? Other records with birth information

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Births 1913 - Present

STEP ONE: Find Birth Information

Delaware Births Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images
Delaware State Birth Records 1861-1922 - At FamilySearch.org Free; Name index and images of state birth records, 1861-1922, including delayed birth records.
Delaware Births Databases


1680-1934 Delaware Vital Record Index Cards- At FamilySearch.org Free; Images of card indexes from the Delaware State Archives Hall of Records in Dover, Delaware.

1680-1971 Delaware Vital Records - At FamilySearch.org Free; A collection of various vital records from the Delaware Public Archives. The collection includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and cemetery records spanning various year ranges.

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

PART A: You know the exact date of birth

With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the birth record for a fee from the following locations:




Delaware Public Archives On July 1, 1913, the state of Delaware established a law requiring the registration of births, deaths, and marriages. The Delaware Public Archives houses birth certificates created since 1913 that are 72 years or older and death and marriage certificates 40 years old or older.
Delaware Department of Health and Social Services The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services keeps birth certificates less than 72 years old and death and marriage certificates less than 40 years. Copies of certificates may be requested in person, by mail or through VitalChek. Proof of relationship is required.


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

PART B: You don't know the exact date of birth

For a fee, the Delaware Public Archives will search for births that occurred since 1913 that are 72 years or older. The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services will search for births less than 72 years old; requests must be placed in person or by mail.

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

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