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== Record Description ==
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This collection includes the years 1903 to 1935.  
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== Coverage Tables  ==
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{{Coverage Table Feedback}} Coverage Tables for this collection are available in the following wiki articles:
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| start_year = 1903
*[[Texas Birth Certificates Coverage Table A-B (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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| end_year = 1935
*[[Texas Birth Certificates Coverage Table C-D (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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| FS_URL_01 = [[Texas Genealogy]]  
*[[Texas Birth Certificates Coverage Table E-G (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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| FS_URL_02 = [[Texas History]]
*[[Texas Birth Certificates Coverage Table H-J (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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| FS_URL_03 = [[Texas Vital Records]]
*[[Texas Birth Certificates Coverage Table K-M (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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| FS_URL_04 = [[Texas Archives and Libraries]]  
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*[[Texas Birth Certificates Coverage Table S-T (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/ Texas Department of State Health Services]  
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=== 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.
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== What Is in the Collection?  ==
  
{{Collection citation | text= "Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Bureau of Vital Statistics. State Registrar Office, Austin.}}
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This collection contains birth certificates for the years 1903 to 1935, from the state of Texas, housed at the Vital Statistics Unit of the Texas Department of Health in Austin. Each birth was recorded on a one-page, preprinted form. Delayed birth records are birth records created many years after the birth and after acceptable documents and affidavits have been presented to the probate court.  
  
<br> [[Texas Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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As early as 1873 some cities and towns in Texas had authorized the registration of births and deaths. For a brief period from 1873 to 1876, the county recorders also recorded births. In 1901, Congress passed a resolution asking states to gather information about the births and deaths that occur within their borders. Many states responded, but because Congress did not fund the request, it took several years until all the states were keeping these records consistently. Statewide registration of births began in 1903 with the formation of the Texas Department of Public Health. By the late 1920s, over 80 percent of the births occurring Texas were recorded.  
  
[http://www.wikiprocedure.com/index.php/Category:Texas Wikiprocedure - Procedure to get birth, death, marriage and divorce certificate]
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Birth records were usually filled out by a witness, midwife, or a medical professional. The certificate was then sent to the county, and the county sent a copy to the state. The records are intact and are being preserved under good conditions although some records may have been damaged or destroyed during their transfer to state officials. The state required counties to begin recording births to document the occurrence of a birth and to track public health issues. Delayed registration of births allowed persons whose birth was not recorded to obtain a birth certificate, usually in order to receive government benefits.The birth date and place, residence, and other facts that were current at the time the birth occurred are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. Other data such as the parents' age or birth place have a greater chance of error because they are based on the memory of the informant.
  
== Record Content  ==
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== What Can These RecordsTell Me? ==
 
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Birth records usually include the following information:  
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Image:Texas Birth Records DGS 5035074 40 Birth Certificate.jpg|Birth Certificate
 
</gallery> Birth records usually include the following information:  
 
  
 
*Full name and gender of child  
 
*Full name and gender of child  
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*Names of witnesses to verify birth
 
*Names of witnesses to verify birth
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== Collection Contents ==
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=== Coverage Table and Map ===
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A table and map showing the number of records per county is available [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/record_coverage/FusionMap_TX_birth_certificates.html here]. This page also includes a chart showing the number of records per year. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period. Records where the exact county could not be easily identified due to incomplete information in the index as listed in the table as Texas (State), but are not graphed on the map.
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know the name and other identifying information such as birthdate or place.  
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===Digital Folder List===
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This collection was published as a [[Book_and_Film_Numbers_Used_by_the_Family_History_Library#Digital_Filming_Numbers|DGS]] browse collection.  These collections do not include any human-readable waypoint data making them difficult to use.  A table showing each DGS number and its contents can be found in [[Texas Birth Certificates Digital Folder Number List]].  The list can be sorted by DGS number, GS number, year, film note, author and title with a link to the FamilySearch Catalog record.
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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=== Sample Image ===
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Image:Texas Birth Records DGS 5035074 40 Birth Certificate.jpg|Birth Certificate
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Fill in your ancestor’s name in 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 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. Keep in mind:
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*Name of the person
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*The location or date of the event
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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=== Search the Index ===
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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{{Search Collection Link
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
==== 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. For example:
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1803956 Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
*Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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== What Do I Do Next?  ==
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
 
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
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Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.  
  
*The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
*It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents.
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as baptism, marriage, and death records.  
*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.  
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*Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
*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.  
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*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.  Witnesses were usually family members.
*The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.  
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*[[Texas Church Records| Church Records]] were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.  
 
*If you are unable to find your ancestor check for variant spellings of the names
 
  
==== Additional Information About These Records  ====
 
  
Each birth was recorded on a one-page, preprinted form. Delayed birth records are birth records created many years after the birth and after acceptable documents and affidavits have been presented to the probate court.  
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county. 
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
  
As early as 1873 some cities and towns in Texas had authorized the registration of births and deaths. For a brief period from 1873 to 1876, the county recorders also recorded births.&nbsp;
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== Known Issues With This Collection  ==
 
 
In 1901, Congress passed a resolution asking states to gather information about the births and deaths that occur within their borders. Many states responded, but because Congress did not fund the request, it took several years until all the states were keeping these records consistently.&nbsp;
 
 
 
Statewide registration of births began in 1903 with the formation of the Texas Department of Public Health. By the late 1920s, over 80 percent of the births occurring Texas were recorded.&nbsp;
 
 
 
Birth records were usually filled out by a witness, midwife, or a medical professional. The certificate was then sent to the county, and the county sent a copy to the state. The records are intact and are being preserved under good conditions although some records may have been damaged or destroyed during their transfer to state officials.&nbsp;
 
 
 
The state required counties to begin recording births to document the occurrence of a birth and to track public health issues. Delayed registration of births allowed persons whose birth was not recorded to obtain a birth certificate, usually in order to receive government benefits.&nbsp;
 
 
 
The birth date and place, residence, and other facts that were current at the time the birth occurred are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. Other data such as the parents' age or birth place have a greater chance of error because they are based on the memory of the informant.
 
 
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
  
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Texas Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Texas Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
== Related Websites  ==
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==Citing This Collection==
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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.  
  
*[http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/ Texas Department of State Health Services]
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Bureau of Vital Statistics. State Registrar Office, Austin.}} <br><br>
*[http://www.fold3.com/documents/16155056/texas_birth_certificates/ Texas Birth Certificates at Fold3.com]
 
  
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“Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the “Show Citation” box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1803956/waypoints Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935]
 
 
 
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
 
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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Record Description
Record Type Birth
Collection years 1903-1935
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection contains birth certificates for the years 1903 to 1935, from the state of Texas, housed at the Vital Statistics Unit of the Texas Department of Health in Austin. Each birth was recorded on a one-page, preprinted form. Delayed birth records are birth records created many years after the birth and after acceptable documents and affidavits have been presented to the probate court.

As early as 1873 some cities and towns in Texas had authorized the registration of births and deaths. For a brief period from 1873 to 1876, the county recorders also recorded births. In 1901, Congress passed a resolution asking states to gather information about the births and deaths that occur within their borders. Many states responded, but because Congress did not fund the request, it took several years until all the states were keeping these records consistently. Statewide registration of births began in 1903 with the formation of the Texas Department of Public Health. By the late 1920s, over 80 percent of the births occurring Texas were recorded.

Birth records were usually filled out by a witness, midwife, or a medical professional. The certificate was then sent to the county, and the county sent a copy to the state. The records are intact and are being preserved under good conditions although some records may have been damaged or destroyed during their transfer to state officials. The state required counties to begin recording births to document the occurrence of a birth and to track public health issues. Delayed registration of births allowed persons whose birth was not recorded to obtain a birth certificate, usually in order to receive government benefits.The birth date and place, residence, and other facts that were current at the time the birth occurred are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. Other data such as the parents' age or birth place have a greater chance of error because they are based on the memory of the informant.

What Can These RecordsTell Me?

Birth records usually include the following information:

  • Full name and gender of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Legitimate?
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Parents' place of residence
  • Parents' age(s) and their birthplace
  • Parents race and occupation
  • Number of children now living

Delayed birth records usually include the following information:

  • Child’s name and gender
  • Child's birth date and place of birth
  • Names of witnesses to verify birth

Collection Contents

Coverage Table and Map

A table and map showing the number of records per county is available here. This page also includes a chart showing the number of records per year. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period. Records where the exact county could not be easily identified due to incomplete information in the index as listed in the table as Texas (State), but are not graphed on the map.

Digital Folder List

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. These collections do not include any human-readable waypoint data making them difficult to use. A table showing each DGS number and its contents can be found in Texas Birth Certificates Digital Folder Number List. The list can be sorted by DGS number, GS number, year, film note, author and title with a link to the FamilySearch Catalog record.

Sample Image

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The location or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

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


What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


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

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Known Issues With This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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:

"Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Bureau of Vital Statistics. State Registrar Office, Austin.

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 Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935.

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 Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935.

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