How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records

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''[[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to Find United States Births]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''District of Columbia Births'''''<br> __NOTOC__  
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''[[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to Find United States Births]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[District of Columbia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''District of Columbia Births'''''<br> __NOTOC__  
  
 
In 1801, District of Columbia was created from the states of Virginia and Maryland. Statewide registration of births began in 1874.  
 
In 1801, District of Columbia was created from the states of Virginia and Maryland. Statewide registration of births began in 1874.  
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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>  
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:<span style="font-size:120%">'''Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's birth record:'''</span><br>
:<span style="font-size:120%">Choose a time period:</span>
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records#Births_before_1874|Before 1874]]'''</span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records#Births_before_1874|Births before 1874]]'''</span>  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records#Births_from_1874_thru_1897|1874 thru 1897]]''' </span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records#Births_between_1874_and_1897|Births between 1874 and 1897]]''' </span>  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records#Births_from_1897_thru_1912|1897 thru 1912]]'''</span>
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records#Births_after_1897|Births after 1897]]'''</span>  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records#Births_from_1931_thru_1969|1931 thru 1969]]'''</span>
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records#Births_after_1912|After 1912 to present]]''' </span>  
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:*<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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== '''Births from 1874 thru 1897'''<br> ==
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== '''Births between 1874 and 1897'''  ==
  
 
<br> If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|other records]].  
 
<br> If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|other records]].  
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For births that exist during the time period, try the following database.  
 
For births that exist during the time period, try the following database.  
  
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| width="25%" | Order the birth record from the [http://doh.dc.gov/node/118222 District of Columbia Department of Health]  
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| width="25%" | Order the birth record from the [http://doh.dc.gov/node/118222 District of Columbia Department of Health]&nbsp;($)
| The Department of Health will do a 3-year search of their indexes if you do not know the exact date of birth.  
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| The Department of Health will do a 3-year search of their indexes if you do not know the exact date of birth. ($)
 
*Records more than 100 years old are available to anyone.  
 
*Records more than 100 years old are available to anyone.  
 
*See restrictions for births less than 100 years old.
 
*See restrictions for births less than 100 years old.
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'''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:
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For a fee, the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp District of Columbia Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search. <br>  
 
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Birth Certificates'''
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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" | [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp From WV Dept. of Health State office]
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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state
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| County websites can be more difficult to use
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| 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 District of Columbia 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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'''PART B: You don't know the exact date of birth'''
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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 District of ColumbiaDepartment of Health office] will do a 3 year search. <br>  
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See [[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering birth records  
 
See [[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering birth records  
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<center>[[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>
 
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== '''Births from 1897 thru 1912'''  ==
 
 
==== '''STEP ONE: Find Birth Information'''  ====
 
 
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 District of Columbia Department of Health office].
 
 
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| width="25%" | [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_select.aspx 1853-1930 - At District of Columbia Division of Culture and History]
 
| 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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| ''Try 2nd:''
 
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| {{RecordSearch|1417341|1853-1930 - At FamilySearch.org}}
 
| '''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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| ''Next try:''
 
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| align="left" colspan="3" | '''Ancestry database: Includes Index Only'''
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | ''Choose one of the following:''
 
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| width="25%" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2537 1853-1969 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]
 
| '''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]
 
| '''$,''' [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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| ''Can't access Ancestry?''
 
| Go to Step Two: Part B listed below. You may be able to order the birth record for your ancestor from the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp District of ColumbiaDepartment of Health State Office].
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''
 
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]
 
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| 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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==== '''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:
 
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
 
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Birth Certificates'''
 
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://vitalrec.com/wv.html#County From 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="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
 
|-
 
| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state
 
| County websites can be more difficult to use
 
| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee
 
| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
 
|}
 
 
See [[How to Find District of Columbia 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>
 
 
'''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 District of Columbia Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search. <br>
 
 
See [[How to Find District of Columbia 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 District of Columbia Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>
 
 
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== '''Births after 1897'''  ==
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== '''Births from 1931 thru 1969'''  ==
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==== '''Obtain the Certificate'''  ====
 
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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 District of Columbia Birth Records#Obtain_the_Certificate|District of Columbia Vital Registration office]].
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==== '''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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| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
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| width="10%" | <br>
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| width="25%" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2537 1853-1969 - use your Ancestry subscription]
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| '''$,''' [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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| ''Can't access Ancestry?''
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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://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp District of Columbia Department of Health State Office].
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|-
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''
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| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]
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|-
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No birth record for your ancestor?'''
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| [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|Other records with birth information]]
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|}
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<br>
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate'''  ====
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'''PART A: You know the exact date of birth'''  
 
'''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:
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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 District of Columbia Department of Health.
  
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
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{| width="100%" border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6"
 
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Birth Certificates'''
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Birth Records'''
 
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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="100%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://doh.dc.gov/node/118222 From DC Dept of Health]
| 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="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''  
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| width="50%" align="center" | '''Pros'''  
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
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| width="50%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
| 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
+
| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee.
| County websites can be more difficult to use
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| Birth records less than 100 years old may only be ordered by immediate family members.
| 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 District of Columbia Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering birth records  
 
See [[How to Find District of Columbia 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]].
 
 
'''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 District of Columbia Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search. <br>
 
 
See [[How to Find District of Columbia 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 District of Columbia Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>
 
 
<br>  
 
<br>  
 
{| width="99%" border="0" align="center"
 
|-
 
! valign="middle" bgcolor="#302040" scope="col" |
 
|}
 
 
== '''Births after 1969'''  ==
 
 
'''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:
 
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
 
|-
 
| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Birth Certificates'''
 
|-
 
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://vitalrec.com/wv.html#County From 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]
 
|-
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
 
|-
 
| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state
 
| County websites can be more difficult to use
 
| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee
 
| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
 
|}
 
 
See [[How to Find District of Columbia 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>
 
  
 
'''PART B: You don't know the exact date of birth'''  
 
'''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 District of ColumbiaDepartment of Health office] will do a 3 year search. <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 District of Columbia Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search of their indexes.&nbsp;<br>  
  
 
See [[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering birth records  
 
See [[How to Find District of Columbia 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 District of Columbia Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>
 
 
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<center>[[How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]<br> </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 person on the certificate  
 
:*The wife or husband of the person on the certificate  
 
:*The wife or husband of the person on the certificate  
:*The children and grandchildren of the person on the certificate
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:*The children of the person on the certificate<br>
:*The brothers or sisters of the person on the certificate  
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:*Anyone who has legal interest in 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.
 
::'''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.
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:*[[United States Marriage Records|United States Marriage Records]]
 
:*[[United States Marriage Records|United States Marriage Records]]
  
[[Category:United_States_Vital_Records]]
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[[Category:District of Columbia_Vital_Records]] [[Category:How to articles]]

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How to Find United States Births Gotoarrow.png District of Columbia Gotoarrow.png District of Columbia Births

In 1801, District of Columbia was created from the states of Virginia and Maryland. Statewide registration of births began in 1874.

Next Step: When did the birth occur?

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

Learn more about U.S. Birth Records

Births before 1874

  • Before 1874, no births were recorded by the District. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.
  • The District of Columbia did not exist until 1801 with portions coming from the state of Virginia and the state of Maryland. Before 1801, be sure to search substitute records for Virginia and Maryland.
  Records that give birth information:
Death Records
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Church Records
Census
Military Records
Return to top: Choose another birth year


Births between 1874 and 1897


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 database.

District of Columbia Births Database - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try 1st:
District of Columbia, Birth Returns, 1874-1897 - At FamilySearch.org Free; Online birth images; Indexes are not searchable--browse the index and the images.
  • Browse the indexes for parent names--parents are named, but not the child
  • Note the certificate number and birth year
  • Find the correct record for the birth year and certificate span
  • Browse for the certificate number
Try 2nd:
Order the birth record from the District of Columbia Department of Health ($) The Department of Health will do a 3-year search of their indexes if you do not know the exact date of birth. ($)
  • Records more than 100 years old are available to anyone.
  • See restrictions for births less than 100 years old.
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


For a fee, the District of Columbia Department of Health office will do a 3 year search.

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



Births after 1897

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 District of Columbia Department of Health.

To Order Birth Records
From DC Dept of Health
Pros Cons
Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee. Birth records less than 100 years old may only be ordered by immediate family members.

See list of restrictions for ordering birth records


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

If you do not know the exact date or place of birth:
For a fee, the District of Columbia Department of Health office will do a 3 year search of their indexes. 

See list of restrictions for ordering birth records


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 person on the certificate
  • The wife or husband of the person on the certificate
  • The children 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, you can search other records with birth information.

Return to top: Choose another birth year


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