How to Find United States Birth Records Washington Births
Statewide registration of births began in 1907 in Washington.
Next Step: When did the birth occur?
Births before 1907
Before 1907, some counties and cities recorded births. Delayed birth records also exist. In most cases, you must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.
|Records that give birth information:|
For births that exist during the time period, try the following database:
|Includes Index Only|
|Oregon Births, 1868-1929||FamilySearch - Free; index only; incomplete|
|Washington Delayed Births, 1862-1920||Washington State Archives - Free; index only; incomplete; includes delayed births|
|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 Record
Most early county birth records have been given to the Washington State Archives.
Delayed birth records are held at [Washington Public Health]. Some counties are available on microfilm through the Family History Library FHL films 2363225 (first of 74 films).
Births after 1907
Statewide registration of births began in 1907 in Washington. Currently, there are no complete online indexes to Washington births from 1907 to the present.
Obtain the Certificate
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 immediate family member of the person on the certificate
- The registered domestic partner on the certificate
- The legal guardian of the person on the certificate
- Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
- NOTE: A copy of the birth certificate 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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