North Carolina, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
North Carolina, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Birth Index
Collection years 1800-2000
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes a birth index from the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh for the years 1800 to 2000, primarily from the 1900s when this information began to be collected. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The index includes the following information:

  • Child’s name
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Parent’s names
  • Reference ID - Certificate Number

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

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

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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor in the birth index, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. 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. 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

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "North Carolina, Birth and Death Indexes, 1800-2000." Database and images. Ancestry. http://www.ancestry.com : 2005. Citing North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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