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''[[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to Find United States Births]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Maryland Births'''''<br> __NOTOC__  
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''[[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to Find United States Births]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maryland]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Maryland Births'''''<br> __NOTOC__  
  
*Some births were recorded in colonial Maryland but not many survived or were ever recorded.  
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*A very few births were recorded in colonial Maryland but not many survived.  
 
*Birth registration started in 1865.  
 
*Birth registration started in 1865.  
 
*1875 Baltimore City began recording births.  
 
*1875 Baltimore City began recording births.  
 
*1898 All counties in Maryland began recording births, although full compliance did not happen until about 1910.  
 
*1898 All counties in Maryland began recording births, although full compliance did not happen until about 1910.  
*Births are restricted for 100 years to immediate family members.
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*Birth records are restricted for 100 years to immediate family members.
  
 
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== '''Next Step: When did the birth occur? '''  ==
 
== '''Next Step: When did the birth occur? '''  ==
  
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:<span style="font-size:120%">'''Birth Records'''</span>  
 
:<span style="font-size:120%">'''Birth Records'''</span>  
 
:<span style="font-size:120%">Choose a time period:</span>
 
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1654_thru_1693|1654 thru 1693]]'''</span>  
 
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1654_thru_1693|1654 thru 1693]]'''</span>  
 
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1694_thru_1864|1694 thru 1864]]'''</span>  
 
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1694_thru_1864|1694 thru 1864]]'''</span>  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1865_thru_1884|1865 thru 1884--County Circuit Court]]''' </span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1865_thru_1897|1865 thru 1897]]''' </span>  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1875_thru_1972|1875 thru 1972--Baltimore City]]''' </span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1875_thru_1972.2C_Baltimore_City|1875 thru 1972 - Baltimore City]]''' </span>  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1898_thru_1972|1898 thru 1972--County]]'''</span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1898_thru_1972|1898 thru 1972]]'''</span>  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1973_thru_1978|1973 thru 1978--State]]'''</span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1973_thru_1978|1973 thru 1978]]'''</span>  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1979_thru_present|1979 thru present-- State]]'''</span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1940_thru_present|1940 thru present]]'''</span>  
 
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Estimate United States Birth Information|Birth year unknown]]'''</span>
 
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Estimate United States Birth Information|Birth year unknown]]'''</span>
  
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Birth Information''' &nbsp;  ====
 
==== '''STEP ONE: Find Birth Information''' &nbsp;  ====
  
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| Go to Step Two Part B listed below. You may be able to order the birth record for your ancestor from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives].
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''  
 
| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''  
 
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]  
 
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]  
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<br> Copies Birth records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives].  
 
<br> Copies Birth records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives].  
  
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. <br> <br> Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.  
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<br> <br> Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog ] to see what is available.  
  
::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county or city.
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::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] by county or city, then vital records
 
::*Select the topic Vital Records.  
 
::*Select the topic Vital Records.  
 
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
 
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
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*Other denominations kept their own records of births.
 
*Other denominations kept their own records of births.
  
Copies of Church birth records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives] or in the Family History Library Catalog.  
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Copies of Church birth records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives] or in the FamilySearch Catalog.  
  
 
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee  
 
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== '''Births from 1865 thru 1884'''  ==
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== '''Births from 1865 thru 1897'''  ==
  
 
:*1865 - Maryland law required county circuit courts to record births  
 
:*1865 - Maryland law required county circuit courts to record births  
 
:*Low compliance with the law  
 
:*Low compliance with the law  
 
:*[http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth#countycircuit List of counties which kept some records during this time period]  
 
:*[http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth#countycircuit List of counties which kept some records during this time period]  
:*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in [[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_1694_thru_1864|church records]].
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:*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Maryland_Church_Records church records].
  
 
For births that exist during the time period, try the following databases.  
 
For births that exist during the time period, try the following databases.  
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Birth Information''' &nbsp;  ====
 
==== '''STEP ONE: Find Birth Information''' &nbsp;  ====
  
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| Go to Step Two Part B listed below. You may be able to order the birth record for your ancestor from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives].
 
 
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<br> Copies Birth records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives].  
 
<br> Copies Birth records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives].  
  
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. <br> <br> Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.  
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. <br> <br> Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog ] to see what is available.  
  
::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county circuit court records.  
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::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] by Maryland and the county name.  
 
::*Select the topic Vital Records.  
 
::*Select the topic Vital Records.  
 
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
 
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
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== '''Births from 1913 thru 1930'''  ==
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Birth Information'''  ====
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== '''Births from 1875 thru 1972, Baltimore City'''  ==
  
Limited births maybe found in the following databases. Try each link. If you do not find your ancestor's birth or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then contact the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp Maryland Department of Health office].  
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:*Limited births maybe found in the following databases. Try each link.  
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:*If you do not find your ancestor's birth or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then contact the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives]&nbsp;in Step 2.
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:*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in [[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_1694_thru_1864|church records]].
  
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| width="25%" | {{RecordSearch|1674912|Maryland, Births and Christenings, 1650-1995}} online at FamilySearch
| width="65%" | '''Free;''' most counties go to 1930: [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx list of database county coverage (right side of the screen) on WV website]; collection also contains delayed birth records
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| {{RecordSearch&amp;#124;1417341&amp;#124;1853-1930 - At FamilySearch.org}}
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| '''Free;''' not all counties are complete to 1930: [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx list of database county coverage (right side of the screen) on WV website]; collection also contains delayed birth records; click on "view partner website" to see a copy of the image
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| width="25%" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2537 1853-1969 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]  
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2565 1622-1911 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]  
 
| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
 
| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
 
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| width="25%" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2537 1853-1969 - use your own Ancestry subscription]  
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| [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2565 1622-1911 - use your Ancestry subscription]  
 
| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
 
| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No birth record for your ancestor?'''  
 
| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No birth record for your ancestor?'''  
| [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|Other records with birth information]]  
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| [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|Other records with death information]]
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate'''  ====
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record'''  ====
  
'''PART A: You know the exact date of birth'''
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<br> Copies Birth records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives].
 
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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:  
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://vitalrec.com/wv.html#County From County of Birth]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | You know the birth date from the index
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp From WV Dept. of Health State office]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives]
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
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| County websites can be more difficult to use
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee
| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee  
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| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
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See [[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering birth records
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. <br> <br> Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog ] to see what is available.
  
If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|other records with birth information]]. '''<br>''' <br>
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::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] by Maryland, Baltimore City.  
 
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::*Select the topic Vital Records.
'''PART B: You don't know the exact date of birth'''
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::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center. <br>
 
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If you do not know the exact date or place of birth:<br> For a fee, the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp Maryland Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search. <br>
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If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|other records with birth information]].'''<br>''' <br>  
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<center>[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>  
 
<center>[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>  
 
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== '''Births from 1931 thru 1969'''  ==
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== '''Births from 1898 thru 1972'''  ==
  
Limited births maybe found in the following databases. Try each link. If you do not find your ancestor's birth or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then contact the [[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Obtain_the_Certificate|Maryland Vital Registration office]].  
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:*Limited births maybe found in the following databases. Try each link.  
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:*If you do not find your ancestor's birth or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then see below how to order from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives].&nbsp;:*Births less than 100 years old are [[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|restricted]].
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:*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in [[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_1694_thru_1864|church records]].
  
 
==== '''STEP ONE: Find Birth Information'''  ====
 
==== '''STEP ONE: Find Birth Information'''  ====
  
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| width="25%" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2537 1853-1969 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]  
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2565 1622-1911 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]  
 
| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
 
| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
 
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| [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2565 1622-1911 - use your Ancestry subscription]  
 
| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
 
| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No birth record for your ancestor?'''  
 
| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No birth record for your ancestor?'''  
| [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|Other records with birth information]]  
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| [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|Other records with death information]]
|
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|}
 
|}
  
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record'''  ====
  
==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate'''  ====
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<br> Copies Birth records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives].
 
+
'''PART A: You know the exact date of birth'''
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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:  
+
  
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
 
|-
 
|-
| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Birth Certificates'''
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Birth Records'''
 
|-
 
|-
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://vitalrec.com/wv.html#County From County of Birth]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | You know the birth date from the index
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp From WV Dept. of Health State office]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | You do not know the birth date
 
|-
 
|-
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives]
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives]
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
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|-
 
|-
| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | Request a copy
| County websites can be more difficult to use
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee
| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee  
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| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
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|}
 
|}
  
See [[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering birth records
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<br>
  
If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|other records with birth information]].  
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:*You may also order certificates since 1940 from the birth county. &nbsp;[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Births_from_1940_thru_present|See below]].<br> <br> Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog ] to see what is available.
  
'''PART B: You don't know the exact date of birth'''
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::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] by Maryland and the county name.
 
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::*Select the topic Vital Records.
If you do not know the exact date or place of birth:<br> For a fee, the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp Maryland Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search. <br>
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::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center. <br>
 
+
See [[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering birth records
+
 
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If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|other records with birth information]].'''<br>''' <br>  
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== '''Births after 1969'''  ==
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== '''Births from 1940 thru present'''  ==
  
'''PART A: You know the exact date of birth'''  
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'''Locating a birth record'''  
  
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:  
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You can order a copy of the birth record for a fee from the following locations if you are the person on the certificate, a parent, legal guardian or surviving spouse:  
  
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
 
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Birth Certificates'''
 
| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Birth Certificates'''
 
|-
 
|-
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://vitalrec.com/wv.html#County From County of Birth]  
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/county.html County of Birth]  
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp From WV Dept. of Health State office]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://dhmh.maryland.gov/vsa/SitePages/birth.aspx From MD Dept of Health and Hygiene]
 
|-
 
|-
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''  
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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''  
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''  
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''  
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''  
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''  
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
 
|-
 
|-
| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
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| May be more expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
 
| County websites can be more difficult to use  
 
| County websites can be more difficult to use  
| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee
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| Offers a search of the state index  
| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
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| May be less expensive than ordering from the county
 
|}
 
|}
  
See [[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering birth records  
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*After locating the county website, search for the Department of Health and Administrative or Vital Records.
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*Baltimore City births are combined with county records after 1972.&nbsp;
 +
*The [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth#state Maryland State Archives] has indexes and birth records up to 1978, but they are restricted.&nbsp;
 +
*See [[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering birth records
  
 
If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|other records with birth information]]. '''<br>''' <br>  
 
If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|other records with birth information]]. '''<br>''' <br>  
 
'''PART B: You don't know the exact date of birth'''
 
 
If you do not know the exact date or place of birth:<br> For a fee, the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp Maryland Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search. <br>
 
 
See [[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering birth records
 
 
If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|other records with birth information]].'''<br>''' <br>
 
 
<center>[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>  
 
<center>[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>  
 
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:*The person on the certificate  
 
:*The person on the certificate  
:*The parents and grandparents of person on the certificate
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:*The parents of the person on the certificate.<br>
:*The wife or husband of the person on the certificate  
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:*Surviving spouse.
:*The children and grandchildren of the person on the certificate
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:*Someone with documented legal custody of the person on the certificate.
:*The brothers or sisters of the person on the certificate  
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:*Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
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::'''NOTE:''' A copy of the birth record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 100 years have passed from the date of the birth.
 
::'''NOTE:''' A copy of the birth record 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, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|other records with birth information]].  
 
If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|other records with birth information]].  
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:*[[Locating United States Vital Records|Locating United States Vital Records]]  
 
:*[[United States Death Records|United States Death Records ]]  
 
:*[[United States Death Records|United States Death Records ]]  
:*[[United States Marriage Records|United States Marriage Records]]
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How to Find United States Births Gotoarrow.png Maryland Gotoarrow.png Maryland Births

  • A very few births were recorded in colonial Maryland but not many survived.
  • Birth registration started in 1865.
  • 1875 Baltimore City began recording births.
  • 1898 All counties in Maryland began recording births, although full compliance did not happen until about 1910.
  • Birth records are restricted for 100 years to immediate family members.

Next Step: When did the birth occur?


Birth Records
Choose a time period:


Learn more about U.S. Birth Records

Births 1654 thru 1693

Births were to be recorded by the clerk of the county court. Very few records exist.

  • Charles County Court 1654-1706
  • Somerset County Court 1649-1720
  • Talbot County Court 1657-1691

STEP ONE: Find Birth Information  

Maryland Birth Index Only
Try: 1st
Maryland, Births and Christenings, 1650-1995 online at FamilySearch

Free; name index,incomplete

Try 2nd:
Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:

1622-1911 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1622-1911 - use your 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 death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record


Copies Birth records may be available from the Maryland State Archives.

To Order Birth Records
You know the birth date from the index You do not know the birth date
Maryland State Archives Maryland State Archives
Request a copy The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee



Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

Return to top: Choose another birth year


Births 1694 thru 1864

  • No government records were kept.
  • In 1694 the Clerks of the Protestant Episcopal Church were required to keep record of all births, regardless of the family's membership.
  • Other denominations kept their own records of births.

Copies of Church birth records may be available from the Maryland State Archives or in the FamilySearch Catalog.

Church Birth Records
Maryland State Archives FamilySearch Catalog
The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee Search for the town where the church was located


Use substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.

Records that give birth information:
Death Records
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Church Records
Census
Military Records
Return to top: Choose another birth year



Births from 1865 thru 1897

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

STEP ONE: Find Birth Information  

Maryland Birth Index Only
Try: 1st
Maryland, Births and Christenings, 1650-1995 online at FamilySearch

Free; name index,incomplete

Try 2nd:
Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:

1622-1911 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1622-1911 - use your 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 death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record


Copies Birth records may be available from the Maryland State Archives.

To Order Birth Records
You know the birth date from the index You do not know the birth date
Maryland State Archives Maryland State Archives
Request a copy The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee

.

Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

Return to top: Choose another birth year


Births from 1875 thru 1972, Baltimore City

  • Limited births maybe found in the following databases. Try each link.
  • If you do not find your ancestor's birth or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then contact the Maryland State Archives in Step 2.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in church records.

STEP ONE: Find Birth Information

Maryland Birth Index Only
Try: 1st
Maryland, Births and Christenings, 1650-1995 online at FamilySearch

Free; name index,incomplete

Try 2nd:
Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:

1622-1911 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1622-1911 - use your 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 death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record


Copies Birth records may be available from the Maryland State Archives.

To Order Birth Records
You know the birth date from the index You do not know the birth date
Maryland State Archives Maryland State Archives
Request a copy The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee

.

Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

Return to top: Choose another birth year


Births from 1898 thru 1972

  • Limited births maybe found in the following databases. Try each link.
  • If you do not find your ancestor's birth or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then see below how to order from the Maryland State Archives. :*Births less than 100 years old are restricted.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in church records.

STEP ONE: Find Birth Information

Maryland Birth Index Only
Try: 1st
Maryland, Births and Christenings, 1650-1995 online at FamilySearch

Free; name index,incomplete

Try 2nd:
Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:

1622-1911 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1622-1911 - use your 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 death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record


Copies Birth records may be available from the Maryland State Archives.

To Order Birth Records
You know the birth date from the index You do not know the birth date
Maryland State Archives Maryland State Archives
Request a copy The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee


  • You may also order certificates since 1940 from the birth county.  See below.

    Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.
Return to top: Choose another birth year


Births from 1940 thru present

Locating a birth record

You can order a copy of the birth record for a fee from the following locations if you are the person on the certificate, a parent, legal guardian or surviving spouse:

To Order Birth Certificates
County of Birth From MD Dept of Health and Hygiene
Cons Cons Pros Pros
May be more expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index May be less expensive than ordering from the county
  • After locating the county website, search for the Department of Health and Administrative or Vital Records.
  • Baltimore City births are combined with county records after 1972. 
  • The Maryland State Archives has indexes and birth records up to 1978, but they are restricted. 
  • See list of restrictions for ordering birth records

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

Return to top: Choose another birth year


Restrictions for Obtaining Birth Records

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 from the government agency, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The parents of the person on the certificate.
  • Surviving spouse.
  • Someone with documented legal custody of the person on the certificate.
NOTE: A copy of the birth record 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, you can search other records with birth information.


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