District of Columbia Birth Returns (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: District of Columbia, Birth Returns, 1874-1897 .
- 1 Record Description
- 2 Citation for This Collection
- 3 Record Content
- 4 How to Use the Record
- 5 Related Websites
- 6 Related Wiki Articles
- 7 Contributions to This Article
- 8 Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
Images of birth returns and birth index registers from the Health Department in Washington, D.C. The birth returns name the parents but do not name the child.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
Office of Registrar of Vital Statistics. "District of Columbia, Birth Returns, 1874-1897." Health Department, Washington, D.C.
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Key genealogical facts found in the County Birth and Death Records may contain the following information:
- Birth date of child
- Birth place of child
- Number of child of Mother
- Race or Color
- Mother's Maiden Name
- Mother's Birthplace
- Mother's Residence
- Full name of Father
- Father's Occupation
- Father's Birthplace
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- Approximate birth date
- Parents names
- Birth place
Search the Collection
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors 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.
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Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- 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.
- father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
- The parent’s 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.
Keep in mind the information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
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Citation Examples for a Record Found in a Historical Record Collection
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“Delaware Marriage Records,” database and digital images, FamilySearch ([]: 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 1890; from Delaware, State Marriage Records 23 November 1913, no. 859, Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover; FHL microfilm 2,025,063.
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