District of Columbia Birth Returns (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: District of Columbia, Birth Returns, 1874-1897 .
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The District of Columbia collections are available only to members of the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints using the FamilySearch website but can be viewed by all users at a FamilySearch Center near you.
Original images can also be ordered or viewed through the following mediums.
1. Microfilm and microfiche from the Family History Library are available via Online Film Ordering in most parts of the world. The film number is included in the source information found on the index of the record. A catalog search for the District of Columbia provides a rich variety of available records.
Instructions on how to order microfilm are found on the research wiki.
2. The research wiki includes links to several websites which offer vital records for the District of Columbia
3. Request a digital copy of items found in the Family History Library catalog services from the Family History Library (photoduplication). Include source information found on the index of the record in your request.
The collection consists of images of birth returns and birth index registers from the Health Department in Washington, D.C. for the years 1874 to 1897. The birth returns name the parents but do not name the child.
For a list of records by dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- "District of Columbia, Birth Returns, 1874-1897" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Health Department. Records Office, Washington D.C.
The records usually include the following information:
- Birth date of child
- Birth place of child
- Number of child of Mother
- Race or Color
- Mother's Maiden Name
- Mother's Birthplace
- Mother's Residence
- Full name of Father
- Father's Occupation
- Father's Birthplace
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- Parents names
- Birth place
- Approximate birth date
Search the Collection
To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Number, and Year Range" which takes you to the images
There are indexes available in these collections. The indexes are located in individual folders titled Birth Index. The Index will be used to find the parents of the birth child. Find your ancestors name and look for the number located by their name. This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection.
Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
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Using the Information
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.
- 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.
- father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
- The parent’s 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.
Keep in mind the information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
“Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the “Show Citation” box: District of Columbia, Birth Returns, 1874-1897
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