Substitute Records For United States Birth Information

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For most of the United States, births were not recorded on a state level until after 1900.  Because so few birth records exist, other records are used to locate birth information.  Use the list of records below to locate records that may give the birth date and place of your ancestor:

Death Records
  • County death records often include the age of the deceased
  • State death records ask for the birth date and place of the deceased
Social Security Application
Census Records
  • U.S. Federal Census records from 1850 to 1940 give the age and state or country of birth for each household member
  • 1900 Census gives the month and year of birth
Cemetery Records
Church Records
Military Records
Bible Records