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[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] United States Birth Records  
  
== Birth Records  ==
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==== Introduction to Birth Records  ====
  
Birth records might seem like the first place to start your search, but experts recommend looking into [[United States Death Records|death]] and [[United States Marriage Records|marriage records]] first. Birth records are usually the most difficult to find. The first records of births and christenings or (baptism dates) were kept in church records. Health departments began keeping birth and death records more recently. In some states, birth records are confidential and may require proof that you are a direct descendant of the person whose record you seek. To write for vital records see ''Where to Write for Vital Records: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces'' <ref>Leonard, Barry. ''Where to Write for Vital Records: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces'' Published by DIANE Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1422314820, 9781422314821 . 47 pages. Full text is available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=jx8HDU6V700C Google Books]. [http://www.worldcat.org/isbn/1422314820 Worldcat] </ref>
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Birth records might seem like the first place to start your search, but experts recommend looking into [[United States Death Records|death records]]&nbsp;first and [[United States Marriage Records|marriage records]]&nbsp;second. Followed by Birth records, because they are usually the most difficult to find.  
  
Some birth records are filmed and/or digitized and part of the Family History Library collection. To check the availability of birth records in a particular state, go the vital records wiki pages for that state.&nbsp; In addition you may browse or search [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=historical_records FamilySearch Record Search.]&nbsp; This is a website which posts indexes to&nbsp;and some images from the Family History Library vital records collection. For more information about how to search the Family History Library catalog for birth records, to the vital records wiki pages for that state.  
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It is very common to find birth information in other sources. For example, New England town records may contain some of the earliest birth records, but mandatory birth record were not kept by all of the states until well into the 1900s. Some early records of births and christenings or baptism dates were kept in local church records. But, it is not unusual for birth records to be entirely missing.<br>
  
Birth records generally give the child's name, sex, date and place of birth, and the names of the parents. Records of the twentieth century provide additional details, such as the name of the hospital, birthplace of parents, occupation of the parents, marital status of the mother, and the number of other children born to the mother.  
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State and county jurisdictions began keeping birth and death records at different times as required in each state, so you must check with the local state laws to determine when the earliest state or county birth records are available. In some states, birth records are confidential for a period of up to 100 years or more, and access to more recent records may require proof that you are a direct descendant of the person whose record you seek. To write for vital records see the following:
  
If no record was filed at the time of an individual's birth, he may have arranged for a delayed registration of birth by showing proof of his birth as recorded in a Bible, school, census, or church record, or by testimony from a person who witnessed the birth. These registrations generally start in 1937,(Social Security&nbsp;benifits&nbsp;required prove of birth)&nbsp;yet the birth may have occurred many years earlier. The registration is usually in the state where the birth occurred. The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has acquired copies of many [http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=11202 delayed certificates], especially for the Midwestern states.  
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*[http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm/ Where to Write for Vital Records]  
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Red_Book:_American_State,_County,_and_Town_Sources Eichholz, Alice. Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004.] {{WorldCat|55947869}}
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*The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 2006. {{WorldCat|62744825}}<br>
  
A corrected record of a birth may be filed if a name was changed or added. Most corrections require affidavits of eyewitnesses or evidence from other official records. The library has microfilm copies of a few of these records.  
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Some birth records are filmed and/or digitized and part of the Family History Library collection. To check the availability of birth records in a particular state, go the vital records wiki pages for that state. In addition you may browse or search [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list FamilySearch Historical Record Collections]. You may also search either by topic or geographic location in the [https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library catalog].<br>
  
The [[Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is]] a database whose records reveal an individuals' full name and residence at time of application, '''birth''' and death dates and last known residence. For more information about the SSDI see the [[U.S. Social Security Records for Genealogists|U.S. Social Security Records for Genealogists ]]page. A birth record is considered a primary source.
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==== Content of Birth Records ====
  
For more information concerning birth records by State see the
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Birth records generally give the child's name, sex, date and place of birth, and the names of the parents. Records of the twentieth century may provide additional details, such as the name of the hospital, birthplace of parents, occupation of the parents, marital status of the mother, and the number of other children born to the mother.<br>
  
[[Summary of Births in the United States by State|Summary of Births in the United States by State]] page.
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If no record was filed at the time of an individual's birth, the person, in some jurisdictions, may request a delayed registration of birth by showing proof of the birth as recorded in a Bible, school, census, or church record, or by testimony from a person who witnessed the birth. Delayed registrations generally did not become common in the United States until after 1937 when the Social Security Administration required proof of birth. The registration is usually in the state where the birth occurred. The [https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library] has some copies of many delayed certificates, especially for the Midwestern states.<br>
  
== Information You may find in Birth Records  ==
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A corrected record of a birth may be filed if a name was changed or added. Most corrections require affidavits of eyewitnesses or evidence from other official records. The library has microfilm copies of a few of these records.<br>
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The [[Social Security Death Index (SSDI)]] is a database whose records reveal an individual's full name and residence at time of application, birth and death dates and last known residence. <br>
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A birth record is considered a primary source. For more information concerning birth records by State see the [[Summary of Births in the United States by State]].
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==== Type of Information You may find in Birth Records  ====
  
 
*An address that would lead to the discovery of the family in a census or city directory  
 
*An address that would lead to the discovery of the family in a census or city directory  
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*Which children belong to which mother in the case of multiple marriages
 
*Which children belong to which mother in the case of multiple marriages
  
== How Information from Birth Records can Help Research  ==
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==== How Information from Birth Records can Help Research  ====
  
'''Dates:''' Birth date, date for a newspaper announcement that could lead to more information about the family. Gives parents ages to help approximate their years of birth. <br>'''Places:''' Birth place, family's address to help in the search for land records, city directories, locate on map and narrow un-indexed censuses. <br>'''Names:''' Maiden name of the mother. Parent's and child's complete names. The name of the hospital and doctor or attendant, leads to further information on you ancestor. Name of the family's religious affiliation for further research in [[United States Church Records|Church records]]. Employer's name would lead to employee records.  
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Once you have a birth date, you can look far a newspaper announcement that could lead to more information about the family. Knowing the birth place can help to locate the family and lead to additional records, such as land records, and city directories. The birth record may also contain the maiden name of the mother and the parents' and child's complete names. Some birth records also have the name of the hospital and doctor or attendant. In some instances, the birth record may also contain the family's religious affiliation.  
  
'''For information on using birth records''' [[United States, How to Use Birth Records|Click here]].
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==== Places to Look for Birth Information  ====
  
== Places to Look for Birth Records  ==
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*[[United States Genealogy|Family records]] including [[United States Bible Records|Family Bibles]] and personal histories
 
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*[[Locating United States Vital Records|Birth records]] including city and county civil registrations  
*[[United States Bible Records|Family Bibles]] and personal histories
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*[[United States Census|Census records]] sometimes give ages and in some records tell the month and year of birth
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*[[United States Church Records|Church recordsof]] births and christenings
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*Online records sites like [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry], [http://www.footnote.com/ Footnote.com], [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/ WorldVitalRecords], [http://www.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/index Heritage Quest]...
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*City and County civil registrations  
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*[[United States Death Records|Death records]] often contain birth information  
 
*[[United States Death Records|Death records]] often contain birth information  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Advanced Search], [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=historical_records Records Search], and [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=books Historic Books]
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*[[United States Marriage Records|Marriage records]]  
*[http://www.google.com/ Google] and other web site search sites, and don't forget to search [http://books.google.com/bkshp?hl=en&tab=wp Google Books]  
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*[[United States Census|Census records]] sometimes give ages and in some records tell the month and year of birth
*[[Locating United States Vital Records|Locating United States Vital Records]]  
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*[[United States Church Records|Church records]] of births and christenings
*[[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]] often listed new births  
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*[[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]] often give birth information  
 
*[[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]] often give birth information  
*[[United States Archives and Libraries|State Archives]]  
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*[[United States Cemeteries|Cemetery records]] including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tombstone Tombstones]usually give birth and death dates
*[[Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Social Security Death Index (SSDI)]] often lists birth date
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*[[Funeral Home Records of the United States|Funeral home records]]
*Submitted genealogies posted by others [http://www.usgenweb.org/ UsGenWeb], [http://www.genealogylinks.net/usa/ Genealogy links], [http://www.gengateway.com Gengateway], [http://www.usgennet.org/ Usgennet], [http://www.famgen.net FamGen], [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb], [http://genealogy.com/ Genealogy.com], [http://www.kindredkonnections.com/ Kindred Konnections], [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry].......
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*[[United States Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and immigration records]]
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tombstone Tombstones]usually give birth and death dates
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*[[United States Military Records|Military records]]
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*[[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]] often listed new births
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*[[United States Probate Records|Probate records]]  
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*[[United States Land and Property|Land and Property records]]
  
== Tips:  ==
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==== Tips:  ====
  
*Obtain Birth records and [[United States Death Records|Death records]] for your ancestor and their siblings, by comparing the information it will help establish the correct information.  
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*Obtain both birth records and [[United States Death Records|Death records]] for your ancestor and their siblings and by comparing the information you can establish the correct information.  
*If an informant gave the information on the death record, establish their relationship to the deceased, closer relations usually had more details and association with the deceased.  
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*If an informant gave the information on a death record, establish their relationship to the deceased, closer relations usually had more details and association with the deceased.  
*[[United States Death Records|Death records]] may contain reference to church affiliation, burial location,.......
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*[[United States Death Records|Death records]] may contain reference to church affiliation, burial location.
  
== Records at the Family History Library  ==
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==== Records at the Family History Library  ====
  
 
The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has copies of many death records indexes and death records. These records can be found in the Place Search of the [[Family History Library Catalog Place Search|Family History Library Catalog]] under each of the following approaches:  
 
The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has copies of many death records indexes and death records. These records can be found in the Place Search of the [[Family History Library Catalog Place Search|Family History Library Catalog]] under each of the following approaches:  
  
::[STATE] - BIRTH RECORDS<br>
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::[STATE] - BIRTH RECORDS<br>  
::[STATE], [COUNTY] - BIRTH RECORDS<br>
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::[STATE], [COUNTY] - BIRTH RECORDS<br>  
 
::[STATE], [COUNTY], [TOWN] - BIRTH RECORDS
 
::[STATE], [COUNTY], [TOWN] - BIRTH RECORDS
  
 
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::[STATE] - CHRISTENINGS<br>
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::[STATE] - CHRISTENINGS<br>  
::[STATE], [COUNTY] - CHRISTENINGS<br>
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::[STATE], [COUNTY] - CHRISTENINGS<br>  
 
::[STATE], [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CHRISTENINGS
 
::[STATE], [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CHRISTENINGS
  
 
<br>You can find further information about birth records in research pages available for each state.  
 
<br>You can find further information about birth records in research pages available for each state.  
  
== Websites  ==
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==== Websites  ====
  
 
*[http://genealogy.about.com/library/lessons/blintro4b.htm About Birth Records]  
 
*[http://genealogy.about.com/library/lessons/blintro4b.htm About Birth Records]  
 
*[http://www.allvitalrecords.com/ All vital] records  
 
*[http://www.allvitalrecords.com/ All vital] records  
 
*[http://www.genealinks.com/births.htm Birth information] for various states  
 
*[http://www.genealinks.com/births.htm Birth information] for various states  
*[http://www.familybirthrecords.com/ Family birth] records
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*[http://www.familybirthrecords.com/ Family birth] records  
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry], *[http://www.footnote.com/ Footnote.com], *[http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/ WorldVitalRecords], *[http://www.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/index Heritage Quest]...
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Advanced Search], [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=historical_records Records Search], and [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=books Books]
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*[http://www.google.com/ Google] and other web site search sites, and don't forget to search [http://books.google.com/bkshp?hl=en&tab=wp Google Books]
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*[[Locating United States Vital Records|Locating United States Vital Records]]
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*[[United States Archives and Libraries|State Archives]]
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*[[Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Social Security Death Index (SSDI)]] often lists birth date
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*Submitted genealogies posted by others<br>[http://www.usgenweb.org/ UsGenWeb]<br>[http://www.genealogylinks.net/usa/ Genealogy links],<br>[http://www.gengateway.com Gengateway], <br>[http://www.usgennet.org/ Usgennet], <br>[http://www.famgen.net FamGen], <br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb], <br>[http://genealogy.com/ Genealogy.com], <br>[http://www.kindredkonnections.com/ Kindred Konnections], <br>[http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com]
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<br> A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
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[[United States Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
== Sources  ==
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==== Sources  ====
  
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<references />  
  
 
[[Category:United_States|United_States]] [[Category:Record_Types_of_the_United_States|Record_Types_of_the_United_States]] [[Category:United_States_Vital_Records|United_States_Vital_Records]]
 
[[Category:United_States|United_States]] [[Category:Record_Types_of_the_United_States|Record_Types_of_the_United_States]] [[Category:United_States_Vital_Records|United_States_Vital_Records]]

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Contents

Introduction to Birth Records

Birth records might seem like the first place to start your search, but experts recommend looking into death records first and marriage records second. Followed by Birth records, because they are usually the most difficult to find.

It is very common to find birth information in other sources. For example, New England town records may contain some of the earliest birth records, but mandatory birth record were not kept by all of the states until well into the 1900s. Some early records of births and christenings or baptism dates were kept in local church records. But, it is not unusual for birth records to be entirely missing.

State and county jurisdictions began keeping birth and death records at different times as required in each state, so you must check with the local state laws to determine when the earliest state or county birth records are available. In some states, birth records are confidential for a period of up to 100 years or more, and access to more recent records may require proof that you are a direct descendant of the person whose record you seek. To write for vital records see the following:

Some birth records are filmed and/or digitized and part of the Family History Library collection. To check the availability of birth records in a particular state, go the vital records wiki pages for that state. In addition you may browse or search FamilySearch Historical Record Collections. You may also search either by topic or geographic location in the Family History Library catalog.

Content of Birth Records

Birth records generally give the child's name, sex, date and place of birth, and the names of the parents. Records of the twentieth century may provide additional details, such as the name of the hospital, birthplace of parents, occupation of the parents, marital status of the mother, and the number of other children born to the mother.

If no record was filed at the time of an individual's birth, the person, in some jurisdictions, may request a delayed registration of birth by showing proof of the birth as recorded in a Bible, school, census, or church record, or by testimony from a person who witnessed the birth. Delayed registrations generally did not become common in the United States until after 1937 when the Social Security Administration required proof of birth. The registration is usually in the state where the birth occurred. The Family History Library has some copies of many delayed certificates, especially for the Midwestern states.

A corrected record of a birth may be filed if a name was changed or added. Most corrections require affidavits of eyewitnesses or evidence from other official records. The library has microfilm copies of a few of these records.

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is a database whose records reveal an individual's full name and residence at time of application, birth and death dates and last known residence.

A birth record is considered a primary source. For more information concerning birth records by State see the Summary of Births in the United States by State.

Type of Information You may find in Birth Records

  • An address that would lead to the discovery of the family in a census or city directory
  • Ages of parents
  • Child’s birth order
  • Child's gender
  • Church records for the birth
  • Date of birth
  • Family’s home address
  • Full name of child
  • Hospital or name a medical attendant
  • Maiden name for the mother
  • Names of both parents
  • Names of the previous generation
  • Newspaper birth announcement
  • Occupation of parents
  • Parents' approximate years of birth
  • Parents' birthplaces
  • Place of birth
  • Race of child
  • Religious affiliation
  • Which children belong to which mother in the case of multiple marriages

How Information from Birth Records can Help Research

Once you have a birth date, you can look far a newspaper announcement that could lead to more information about the family. Knowing the birth place can help to locate the family and lead to additional records, such as land records, and city directories. The birth record may also contain the maiden name of the mother and the parents' and child's complete names. Some birth records also have the name of the hospital and doctor or attendant. In some instances, the birth record may also contain the family's religious affiliation.

Places to Look for Birth Information

Tips:

  • Obtain both birth records and Death records for your ancestor and their siblings and by comparing the information you can establish the correct information.
  • If an informant gave the information on a death record, establish their relationship to the deceased, closer relations usually had more details and association with the deceased.
  • Death records may contain reference to church affiliation, burial location.

Records at the Family History Library

The Family History Library has copies of many death records indexes and death records. These records can be found in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under each of the following approaches:

[STATE] - BIRTH RECORDS
[STATE], [COUNTY] - BIRTH RECORDS
[STATE], [COUNTY], [TOWN] - BIRTH RECORDS

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[STATE] - CHRISTENINGS
[STATE], [COUNTY] - CHRISTENINGS
[STATE], [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CHRISTENINGS


You can find further information about birth records in research pages available for each state.

Websites


A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

United States Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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