District of Columbia Birth Returns (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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District of Columbia, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Birth Returns
Collection years 1874-1897
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Health Department. Records Office, Washington D.C.


What is in This Collection?

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 Return of the Birth records name the parents but do not name the child. Also included in the collection are Supplemental Report of Birth records which later adds the official name given to a child.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for District of Columbia, Birth Returns, 1874-1897.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The records usually include the following information:

  • Birth date of child
  • Birth place of child
  • Number of children born to the mother
  • Race or Color
  • Gender
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Mother's residence
  • Mother's birthplace
  • Full name of father
  • Father's occupation
  • Father's birthplace

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How Do I Search This Collection

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

  • Name of the child
  • The birth place and approximate birth date

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  1. Select Record Type, Number, and Year Range

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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.
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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"District of Columbia Birth Returns, 1874-1897." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Health Department. Records Office, Washington D.C.
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