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Birth Records << Vital Records <<

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Birth Records Guide

Vital Records-
Birth Records
What's In Them Where to Find Them How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • name of child
  • gender of child
  • race of child
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • names of parents


  • May also include:
  • maiden name of the mother
  • ages of parents at the time of the birth
  • birthplaces of parents
  • occupation of the parents
  • family residence address
  • child's order in the family
  • hospital or name of attending physician or midwife
  • exact time of birth
  • maiden name of the mother
  • physical description of the child
  • http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/
    howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm

    or
    http://www.family
    search.org/sg/

    The local town or county courthouse as found in:
    http://www.vitalrec.com
    or
    http://www.vitalchek.com
    or state or county resources such as: http://resources.rootsweb
    .com/cgi-bin/townco.cgi

    or
    http://familysearch.org/
    Search/searchcatalog.asp

    or
    http://ancestry.com/search/ locality/main.htm

    If more recent:
    the State Department of Health Services or Office of Vital Records as found in
    http://www.vitalrec.com
    or
    http://www.vitalchek.com

    If particularly early:
    State or local libraries or societies and/or compiled records for that locality as found in our Resource Guide.

    Information in birth records can help you:

  • find the names of the previous generation
  • find a maiden name for the mother
  • find parents' birthplaces
  • find parents' approximate years of birth
  • find church or hospital records for the birth
  • find a newspaper birth announcement
  • determine which children belong to which mother in the case of multiple marriages
  • find an address to seek in deeds or city directories, locate on maps, or narrow your search in an unindexed census
  • identify employer records to pursue
  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in family records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Vital Records episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
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