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Finding New York Birth Records

Looking for a birth record from New York State as part of your genealogy research? New York State briefly kept birth records from 1847 to about 1850 and started recording births again in 1881. Copies of all records can obtained from either the village, town, or city of birth or by contacting the state archives.

New York City keeps birth records separately from New York State. Go to Finding New York City Birth records to learn more.

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 1847

Before 1847, no births were recorded by the state. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place. Substitutes for birth record information:

If you know the death date, try If you don't know the death date, try
Death Records
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Church Records
Census
Military Records
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Births Between 1847 and 1853

In 1847, New York State passed a law requiring that doctors and midwives report births, marriages, and deaths to the trustees of local school districts. The school districts were required to compile and submit a copy of these records to the village, town or city clerk. Compiled records were then submitted to the county clerk who compiled and submitted records to the Secretary of State and the Secretary of State reported to the State Legislature. Due to the number of school districts (10,000 at the time) and the complexity of the law, few communities reported births after 1850 (with some communities only reporting births for the 1847-1848 year). All records for this time period are held by the local village, town, or city clerk. If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in other records.

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

Includes Index and Digital Images
Try 1st:
West Virginia, Births, 1853-1930 West Virginia Division of Culture and History; free; most counties go to 1930: list of county coverage (right side of the screen); collection also contains delayed birth records
Try 2nd:
West Virginia, Births, 1853-1930 FamilySearch; Free; not all counties are complete to 1930: list of county coverage (right side of the screen); collection also contains delayed birth records; click on "view partner website" to see a copy of the image
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No birth record for your ancestor? Other records with birth information
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Births Between 1850 and 1880

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 West Virginia Vital Registration office.

Includes Index and Digital Images

Try 1st:
West Virginia, Births, 1853-1930
West Virginia Virginia Division of Culture and History - Free;  most counties go to 1930: list of county coverage (right side of the screen); collection also contains delayed birth records
Try 2nd:
West Virginia, Births, 1853-1930
FamilySearch - Free; not all counties are complete to 1930: list of county coverage (right side of the screen); collection also contains delayed birth records; click on "view partner website" to see a copy of the image
Next try:
Includes Index Only

At FamilySearch Centers:

West Virginia, Births Index, 1853-1969 Ancestry Library edition - free at FamilySearch Centers and Library; Find your local FamilySearch Center
Use Your Ancestry Subscription:

West Virginia, Births Index, 1853-1969 Ancestry Subscription - $, to sign up for a subscription; Obtain a subscription to Ancestry
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No birth record for your ancestor? Other records with birth information

Obtain the Certificate

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 county of birth or the West Virginia Department of Health office.

If you do not know the exact date or place of birth:
For a fee, the Vital Registration office will do a 3 year search.


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 parents and grandparents of person on the certificate
  • The wife or husband of the person on the certificate
  • The children and grandchildren of the person on the certificate
  • The brothers or sisters of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in 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, there are other records with birth information you can search.

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Births Between 1881 and 1914

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 West Virginia Vital Registration office.

STEP ONE: Find Birth Information

Includes Index Only

At FamilySearch Centers:

West Virginia, Births Index, 1853-1969 Ancestry Library edition - free at FamilySearch Centers and Library; Find your local FamilySearch Center
Use Your Ancestry Subscription:

West Virginia, Births Index, 1853-1969 Ancestry Subscription version - $, to sign up for a subscription; Obtain a subscription to Ancestry
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No birth record for your ancestor? Other records with birth information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

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 county of birth or the West Virginia Department of Health office.

If you do not know the exact date or place of birth:
For a fee, the Vital Registration office will do a 3 year search.


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 parents and grandparents of person on the certificate
  • The wife or husband of the person on the certificate
  • The children and grandchildren of the person on the certificate
  • The brothers or sisters of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in 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, there are other records with birth information you can search.

Return to top: Choose another birth year


Births Between 1915 and 1936

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 West Virginia Vital Registration office.

STEP ONE: Find Birth Information

Includes Index Only

At FamilySearch Centers:

West Virginia, Births Index, 1853-1969 Ancestry Library edition - free at FamilySearch Centers and Library; Find your local FamilySearch Center
Use Your Ancestry Subscription:

West Virginia, Births Index, 1853-1969 Ancestry Subscription version - $, to sign up for a subscription; Obtain a subscription to Ancestry
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No birth record for your ancestor? Other records with birth information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

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 county of birth or the West Virginia Department of Health office.

If you do not know the exact date or place of birth:
For a fee, the Vital Registration office will do a 3 year search.


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 parents and grandparents of person on the certificate
  • The wife or husband of the person on the certificate
  • The children and grandchildren of the person on the certificate
  • The brothers or sisters of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in 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, there are other records with birth information you can search.

Return to top: Choose another birth year


Births After 1936

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 county of birth or the West Virginia Department of Health office.

If you do not know the exact date or place of birth:
For a fee, the Vital Registration office will do a 3 year search.

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 parents and grandparents of person on the certificate
  • The wife or husband of the person on the certificate
  • The children and grandchildren of the person on the certificate
  • The brothers or sisters of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in 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, there are other records with birth information you can search.

Return to top: Choose another birth year

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