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District of Columbia Birth Returns, 1874-1897
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District of Columbia, United States
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Location of District of Columbia
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?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of birth returns and birth index registers from the Health Department in Washington, D.C. for the years 1874 to 1897. Also included in the collection are supplemental reports of birth records which later adds the official name given to a child.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth

  • 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

How Do I Search This Collection[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital records such as baptism, marriage, and death
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for the family in church, probate, and land and property

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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 relative
  • 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

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of District of Columbia.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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