User:HardestyPN/Sandbox Finding Births

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Why would I want to search for a birth record?

  • May give the exact date and place where the child was born
  • May indicate where the parents were born
  • Help you extend a generation to the parents of the child.

What information does a birth record include?

  • Name of child
  • Birth date and place of child
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name including maiden
  • Birthplaces of parents

What you need to know about birth records in the U.S.:

  • Each state has a different year when births began to be recorded depending on when their state law was passed.
  • Information gathered by state and county officials differs from each state.
  • Most states began recording births between 1900 and 1930.
  • New England states started recording births on the town level starting as early as the first residents of the town.
  • Some states in the Midwest began recording births on the county level as early as 1860s.

How to find your ancestor’s birth record:
Process for finding birth records:

  1. Check online indexes and digital images
  2. Check repositories, such as archives and libraries (FHL)
  3. Obtain certificate from the government agency ($$)

Step 1: Where Did the Birth Occur?

Choose one of the following: