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''[[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to Find United States Births]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Delaware Births'''''<br> __NOTOC__  
 
''[[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to Find United States Births]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Delaware Births'''''<br> __NOTOC__  
  
Statewide registration of births began in 1861 but was discontinued in 1863.  
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Statewide registration of births began in 1861 but was discontinued in 1863. Registration resumed in 1881 and was generally complied with by 1921. The Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics has birth records from the past 72 years. You can obtain copies by writing:  
Registration resumed in 1881 and was generally complied with by 1921.
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The Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics has birth records from the past 72 years. You can obtain copies by writing:  
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== '''Births from 1861 - 1863'''  ==
 
== '''Births from 1861 - 1863'''  ==
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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]].  
 
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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| width="25%" | [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx 1853-1930 - At West Virginia Division of Culture and History]
 
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== '''Births from 1864 - 1880'''  ==
 
== '''Births from 1864 - 1880'''  ==
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| {{RecordSearch|1534607|1861-1922 - At FamilySearch.org}}
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| '''Free;''' not a complete list of records. Images are available to view.
:[[Delaware Census|Census]] 
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:[[Delaware Military Records|Military Records]]
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No birth record for your ancestor?'''
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<center>[[How to Find Delaware Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>
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== '''Births from 1881 - Present'''  ==
 
== '''Births from 1881 - Present'''  ==
 
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 Delaware Birth Records#Obtain_the_Certificate|West Virginia Vital Registration office]].
 
  
 
==== '''STEP ONE: Find Birth Information'''  ====
 
==== '''STEP ONE: Find Birth Information'''  ====
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| {{RecordSearch|1534607|1861-1922 - At FamilySearch.org}}
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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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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate'''  ====
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== '''Requesting a Birth Certificate?'''  ==
  
'''PART A: You know the exact date of birth'''
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The Delaware Public Archives houses birth certificates created since 1913 that are 72 years or older. This means the archives only has birth certificates up through and including 1940.
  
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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The Office of Vital Statistics holds Delaware birth certificates from 1939 to the present
  
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See [[How to Find West Virginia Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering birth records
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[http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dph/ss/files/birth.pdf Jesse S. Cooper Building]<br>417 Federal Street<br>Dover, DE 19901<br>Phone: (302) 744-4549
  
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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[http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dph/ss/files/birth.pdf Chopin Building]<br>258 Chapman Rd.<br>Newark, DE 19702<br>Phone: (302) 283-7130
  
'''PART B: You don't know the exact date of birth'''
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[http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dph/ss/files/birth.pdf Thurman Adams State Service Center]<br>546 S. Bedford Street<br>Georgetown, DE 19947<br>Phone: (302) 856-5495
  
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 West Virginia Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search. <br>
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To request a death record for an individual who was born prior to 1904 contact the Delaware Archives.  
  
See [[How to Find Delaware Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering birth records
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[http://archives.delaware.gov/pdfs/record_request.pdf Delaware Public Archives]<br>121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North<br> Dover, DE 19901
  
 
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>  
<center>[[How to Find Delaware Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>
 
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== '''Restrictions for Obtaining Birth Records'''  ==
 
 
'''''Restrictions for persons born within the last 100 years:'''''<br> To obtain a copy of the birth certificate for those born in West Virginia the following restrictions may apply.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">State law restricts who may obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate. A certified copy may be issued to:</span>
 
 
:*<span style="line-height: 1.5em;" />The person named on the record
 
:*The current spouse of the person named on the record
 
:*The current domestic partner of the person named on the record
 
:*A parent of the person named on the record
 
:*A sibling of the person named on the record
 
:*A child of the person named on the record
 
:*A grandparent of the person named on the record
 
:*A person authorized in writing by one of the above. The written authorization must accompany the request and the relationship of the authorizing party to the subject of the record must be clearly explained.
 
:*A person who can demonstrate that the record is required to protect a personal or property right.
 
:*If you do not meet one of the above criteria, you cannot receive a certified copy of a birth certificate.
 
:*An uncertified copy of a birth certificate is available to anyone who applies. An uncertified copy will contain the same information as a certified copy but will not be acceptable for legal purposes, such as obtaining identification.
 
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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]].
 
 
<center>[[How to Find Delaware Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>  
 
<center>[[How to Find Delaware Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>  
 
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Latest revision as of 17:27, 27 June 2013

How to Find United States Births Gotoarrow.png Delaware Births

Statewide registration of births began in 1861 but was discontinued in 1863. Registration resumed in 1881 and was generally complied with by 1921. The Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics has birth records from the past 72 years. You can obtain copies by writing:

Next Step: When did the birth occur?

Birth Records
Choose a time period:

Learn more about U.S. Birth Records

Births before 1861

West Virginia did not exist at this time and was known as the state of Virginia. Before 1853, no births were recorded by the county or state. You must search 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 1861 - 1863

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.

Delaware Births Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try
1861-1922 - At FamilySearch.org Free; not a complete list of records. Images are available to view.
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
Return to top: Choose another birth year


Births from 1864 - 1880

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.

Delaware Births Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try
1861-1922 - At FamilySearch.org Free; not a complete list of records. Images are available to view.
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
Return to top: Choose another birth year


Births from 1881 - Present

STEP ONE: Find Birth Information

Ancestry Database: Includes Index Only

Choose one of the following:

1861-1922 - At FamilySearch.org Free; not a complete list of records. Images are available to view.
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


Requesting a Birth Certificate?

The Delaware Public Archives houses birth certificates created since 1913 that are 72 years or older. This means the archives only has birth certificates up through and including 1940.

The Office of Vital Statistics holds Delaware birth certificates from 1939 to the present

To order a birth certificate for an individual select the proper agency below:

Jesse S. Cooper Building
417 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 744-4549

Chopin Building
258 Chapman Rd.
Newark, DE 19702
Phone: (302) 283-7130

Thurman Adams State Service Center
546 S. Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
Phone: (302) 856-5495

To request a death record for an individual who was born prior to 1904 contact the Delaware Archives.

Delaware Public Archives
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North
Dover, DE 19901

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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