Washington, King County Delayed Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Washington, King County Delayed Births, 1941-1942 .
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King, Washington, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Birth
Collection years 1941-1942
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What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of an index and images from the Washington State Archives to delayed birth records for Kings County from 1941-1942.

Births were recorded for public health purposes. Birth certificates were also issued to individuals as legal documents. In cases where an individual’s birth had not been recorded, it was not uncommon for that individual to apply for a delayed birth registration since the certificate was needed to receive government benefits.

Individuals who were born prior to 1907, or who did not have a birth certificate, may have applied for a delayed birth certificate at a superior court or at the State Department of Health. Washington began keeping delayed birth records in 1907. Many unrecorded births were finally registered during World War II or as people applied for Social Security.

Collection Content

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Delayed birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of person requesting delayed birth certificate
  • Current residence
  • Name of child for whom certificate is requested
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Name of any attendee at birth
  • Father's name, current residence, race and birthplace
  • Mother's maiden name, current residence, race and birth place
  • Names and affidavits of two (2) witnesses and their residence

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of the child at birth.
  • The approximate date of birth.
  • The place where the birth occurred.
  • The name of the child's parents.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

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What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as marriage, census, church, land and death records. .
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
  • Use the information to establish a migration pattern and find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Washington, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Washington Archives and Libraries.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Washington, Birth Records, 1941-1942." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing State Archives, Bellevue.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Washington, Birth Records, 1941-1942.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, Birth Records, 1941-1942.



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