Delaware State Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Delaware, United States
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Record Description
Record Type State Birth Records
Collection years 1861-1922
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What is in the Collection?

The collection "Delaware, State Birth Records, 1861-1922" consists of an index and images of birth records. Some images have one record, and others have two records. It is arranged in alphabetical order.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Delaware, State Birth Records, 1861-1922.

Collection Content

Sample Image

Delaware birth records may include and of the following:

  • Child’s full name
  • Date and place of child's birth
  • Child's gender and race
  • Whether living or stillborn
  • Father's name, age, occupation and place of birth
  • Mother's maiden name, age and place of birth
  • Child's place of order in family
  • Parents' place of residence

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name
  • Other identifying information such as date and place of birth


Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Film number" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Coverage table

DGS Number GS Number Film Note Author Title FS Catalog
4252300 6323 Births 1861-1879 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252301 6324 Births 1880-1881 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252302 6325 Births 1882 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252303 6326 Births 1883 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252304 6327 Births 1884 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252305 6328 Births 1884 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252306 6329 Births 1885 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252307 6330 Births 1885 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252308 6331 Births 1886 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252309 6332 Births 1887 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252310 6333 Births 1888 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252311 6334 Births 1889 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252312 6335 Births 1889 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252313 6336 Births 1890 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252314 6337 Births 1891 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252315 6338 Births 1891 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252316 6339 Births 1892 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252317 6340 Births 1893 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252318 6341 Births 1893 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252319 6342 Births 1894 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252325 6343 Births 1895 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252326 6344 Births 1896 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252327 6345 Births 1897 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252328 6346 Births 1898 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252329 6347 Births 1899 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252330 6348 Births 1900 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252331 6349 Births 1901 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252332 6350 Births 1902 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252333 6351 Births 1903 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252334 6352 Births 1904 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252340 6353 Births 1905-1906 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252341 6354 Births 1907 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252342 6355 Births 1908 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252343 6356 Births 1908 Delaware. Public Archives Commission Birth records (certificates and returns) 1861-1913, : FSC
4252347 1944105 Births prior 1913, no., 1 - no. 2750 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252348 1944106 Births prior 1913, no. 2751 - no. 4750 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252349 1944107 Births prior 1913, no. 4751 - no. 6600 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252395 1944108 Births prior 1913, no. 6601 - no. 8200 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252396 1944109 Births prior 1913, no. 8201 - no. 9800 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252397 1944110 Births prior 1913, no. 8201 - no. 11600 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252398 1944111 Births prior 1913, no. 11601 - no. 13400 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252399 1944112 Births prior 1913, no. 13401 - no. 15200 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252400 1944113 Births prior 1913, no. 15201 - no. 17000 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252401 1944114 Births prior 1913, no. 17001 - no. 18800 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252402 1944115 Another copy. Births prior 1913, no. 1 - no. 2750 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252403 1944116 Births prior 1913, no. 20601 - no. 22363 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252404 1944117 Births 1913, no. 2 - 1913, no. 2000 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252405 1944118 Births 1913, no. 2001 - 1914, no. 1250 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252406 1944119 Births 1914, no. 1251 - 1914, no. 3250 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252458 1944120 Births 1914, no. 3151 - 1914, no. 5028 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252459 1944121 Births 1915, no. 1 - 1915, no. 2000 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252460 1944122 Births 1915, no. 2001 - 1915, no. 4000 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4162451 1944123 Births 1915, no. 4001 - 1916, no. 750 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252461 1944124 Births 1916, no. 750 - 1916, no. 2750 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252462 1944125 Births 1916, no. 2751 - 1916, no. 4750 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252463 1944126 Births 1916, no. 4751 - 1917, no. 1000 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252494 1944127 Births 1917, no. 1001 - 1917, no. 3000 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252495 1944128 Births 1917, no. 3001 - 1917, no. 5000 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252901 1944129 Births 1917, no. 5001 - 1918, no. 1250 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252902 1944130 Births 1918, no. 1251 - 1918, no. 3250 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252448 1944131 Births 1918, no. 3251 - 1918, no. 5250 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252449 1944132 Births 1918, no. 5251 - 1919, no. 1500 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252450 1944133 Births 1919, no. 1501 - 1919, no. 3500 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252451 1944134 Births 1919, no. 3501 - 1919, no. 5544 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252452 1944135 Births 1920, no. 1 - 1920, no. 2000 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252453 1944136 Births 1920, no. 2001 - 1920, no. 4000 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252454 1944137 Births 1920, no. 4001 - 1920, no. 5983 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252455 1944138 Births 1921, no. 1 - 1921, no. 2000 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252456 1944139 Births 1921, no. 2001 - 1920, no. 4000 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252457 1944140 Births 1921, no. 4001 - 1922, no. 250 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252444 1944141 Births 1922, no. 251 - 1922, no. 2250 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252445 1944142 Births 1922, no. 2251 - 1922, no. 4250 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC
4252446 1944143 Births 1922, no. 4251 - 1923, no. 750 Delaware. Bureau of Vital Statistics Delaware birth records, prior 1913 (1861-1912) - 1923, : FSC

What do I do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
  • The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
  • The city of Wilmington also has a register of vital statistics.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for?

    • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the related collection Delaware, Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

General Information About These Records

Birth returns were turned into the State by county clerks from 1861 until statewide registration began to be enforced. Returns and birth certificates were recorded on pre-printed forms.

Statewide birth records were collected by the State sporadically from 1861, with the majority of the State collection beginning after 1920.

Statewide registration of births began in 1861, was discontinued in 1863 and was resumed in 1881 when physicians and midwives were required to register births with the county Recorder of Deeds. By 1901 returns and certificates began to be reported to the State Board of Health, but that process was not generally complied with until 1921.

In 1913 the Bureau of Vital Statistics was created as an agency of the State Board of Health. It houses some birth records but others have been transferred to the State Archives. Records housed at the Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics are restricted to those with an interest or a need to prove ownership rights.

Birth and deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. 

Birth records are considered to be primary source records. Information in these records is usually reliable.


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

"Delaware State Birth Records, 1861-1922." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Bureau of Vital Statistics. Hall of Records, Dover.

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 Delaware, State Birth Records, 1861-1922.
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 Delaware, State Birth Records, 1861-1922.


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