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.

Collection Content

What Can This Collection 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?

When searching the index it is helpful to know:

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

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:'
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals 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:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor in the birth index, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. 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.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

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:
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