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== Record Description  ==
 
  
This Collection will include records from 1903 to 1935.  
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Each birth was recorded on a one-page, preprinted form. Delayed birth records are birth records created many years after the birth and after acceptable documents and affidavits have been presented to the probate court.
 
  
As early as 1873 some cities and towns in Texas had authorized the registration of births and deaths. For a brief period from 1873 to 1876, the county recorders also recorded births.&nbsp;
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== What is in This Collection?  ==
  
In 1901, Congress passed a resolution asking states to gather information about the births and deaths that occur within their borders. Many states responded, but because Congress did not fund the request, it took several years until all the states were keeping these records consistently.&nbsp;
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This collection contains birth certificates for the years 1903 to 1935, from the state of Texas, housed at the Vital Statistics Unit of the Texas Department of Health in Austin. Each birth was recorded on a one-page, preprinted form. Delayed birth records are birth records created many years after the birth and after acceptable documents and affidavits have been presented to the probate court.  
  
Statewide registration of births began in 1903 with the formation of the Texas Department of Public Health. By the late 1920s, over 80 percent of the births occurring Texas were recorded.&nbsp;
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As early as 1873 some cities and towns in Texas had authorized the registration of births and deaths. For a brief period from 1873 to 1876, the county recorders also recorded births. In 1901, Congress passed a resolution asking states to gather information about the births and deaths that occur within their borders. Many states responded, but because Congress did not fund the request, it took several years until all the states were keeping these records consistently. Statewide registration of births began in 1903 with the formation of the Texas Department of Public Health. By the late 1920s, over 80 percent of the births occurring Texas were recorded.  
  
Birth records were usually filled out by a witness, midwife, or a medical professional. The certificate was then sent to the county, and the county sent a copy to the state. The records are intact and are being preserved under good conditions although some records may have been damaged or destroyed during their transfer to state officials.&nbsp;
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Birth records were usually filled out by a witness, midwife, or a medical professional. The certificate was then sent to the county, and the county sent a copy to the state. The records are intact and are being preserved under good conditions although some records may have been damaged or destroyed during their transfer to state officials. The state required counties to begin recording births to document the occurrence of a birth and to track public health issues. Delayed registration of births allowed persons whose birth was not recorded to obtain a birth certificate, usually in order to receive government benefits.The birth date and place, residence, and other facts that were current at the time the birth occurred are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. Other data such as the parents' age or birth place have a greater chance of error because they are based on the memory of the informant.
  
The state required counties to begin recording births to document the occurrence of a birth and to track public health issues. Delayed registration of births allowed persons whose birth was not recorded to obtain a birth certificate, usually in order to receive government benefits.&nbsp;
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== What Can These RecordsTell Me? ==
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Birth records usually include the following information:
  
The birth date and place, residence, and other facts that were current at the time the birth occurred are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. Other data such as the parents' age or birth place have a greater chance of error because they are based on the memory of the informant.
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*Full name and gender of child
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*Date and place of birth  
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*Legitimate?
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*Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
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*Parents' place of residence
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*Parents' age(s) and their birthplace
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*Parents race and occupation
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*Number of children now living
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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Delayed birth records usually include the following information:
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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*Child’s name and gender
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*Child's birth date and place of birth
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*Names of witnesses to verify birth
  
{{Collection citation| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->Texas Department of Health. Bureau of Vital Statistics. Birth certificates. Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics, Austin. <!--bibdescend-->}}
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== Collection Contents  ==
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=== Coverage Table and Map ===
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A table and map showing the number of records per county is available [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/record_coverage/FusionMap_TX_birth_certificates.html here]. This page also includes a chart showing the number of records per year. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period. Records where the exact county could not be easily identified due to incomplete information in the index as listed in the table as Texas (State), but are not graphed on the map.
  
[[Texas Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
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===Digital Folder List===
 
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This collection was published as a [[Book_and_Film_Numbers_Used_by_the_Family_History_Library#Digital_Filming_Numbers|DGS]] browse collection. These collections do not include any human-readable waypoint data making them difficult to use.  A table showing each DGS number and its contents can be found in [[Texas Birth Certificates Digital Folder Number List]]. The list can be sorted by DGS number, GS number, year, film note, author and title with a link to the FamilySearch Catalog record.
== Record Content ==
 
  
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=== Sample Image ===
 
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Key genealogical facts found in the birth entries usually include the following information:  
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== How Do I Search This Collection?  ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*Name of the person
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*The location or date of the event
  
*Name of child
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=== Search the Index ===
*Date and place of birth
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*Full maiden name of mother
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*Place of birth for the father and mother
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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.
*Residence or address of parents
 
*Occupation of father and mother
 
*Number of children born to this mother, including present birth
 
  
Key genealogical facts found in the delayed birth records usually include the following information:
 
  
*Child’s name
 
*Birth date
 
*Birthplace
 
*Sex of Child
 
*Witnesses
 
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1803956 Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know the name and other identifying information such as birthdate or place.
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== What Do I Do Next?  ==
  
==== Search the Collection ====
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If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the [https://volunteer.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Texas,_United_States_Genealogy Texas, United States Genealogy].
  
Fill in your ancestor’s name 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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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation below in the [[#Citing This Collection|Citing This Collection]] section.  
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to find other county or [[Texas Vital Records]] such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.  
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*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the [[United States Census, 1870 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] or the [[United States Census, 1900 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]. Search the state censuses as well.
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*Use the information found in the record to find [[https://www.publicrecordsreviews.com/State-Probate-Records?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgdbMy9LF1QIVhGh-Ch1ZlQENEAMYAiAAEgIKl_D_BwE  Texas Public Records]].
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*Use the information found in the record to find [[https://www.texasfile.com/search/texas/ Texas Land Records]].
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*Search for death or burial information in [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2026973 BillionGraves Index].
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*If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records as well.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
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*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.
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*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. 
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.
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*Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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== Known Issues With This Collection  ==
 
 
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.
 
 
 
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
 
 
*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.
 
*The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
 
*If you are unable to find your ancestor check for variant spellings of the names
 
 
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
  
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Texas Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Texas Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
== Related Websites  ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
 
 
*[http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/ Texas Department of State Health Services]
 
*[http://www.fold3.com/documents/16155056/texas_birth_certificates/ Texas Birth Certificates at Fold3.com]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Texas|Texas]]
 
*[[Texas History|Texas History]]
 
*[[Texas Vital Records|Texas Vital Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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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.
  
{{Contributor invite}}
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;Collection Citation:
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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{{Collection_citation | text="Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Bureau of Vital Statistics. State Registrar Office, Austin.
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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{{Record_Citation}}
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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'''[[#top|Top of Page]]'''
  
"Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935," &nbsp;database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 3 April 2012), Alandreo Peterson (1919).
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
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What is in This Collection?

This collection contains birth certificates for the years 1903 to 1935, from the state of Texas, housed at the Vital Statistics Unit of the Texas Department of Health in Austin. Each birth was recorded on a one-page, preprinted form. Delayed birth records are birth records created many years after the birth and after acceptable documents and affidavits have been presented to the probate court.

As early as 1873 some cities and towns in Texas had authorized the registration of births and deaths. For a brief period from 1873 to 1876, the county recorders also recorded births. In 1901, Congress passed a resolution asking states to gather information about the births and deaths that occur within their borders. Many states responded, but because Congress did not fund the request, it took several years until all the states were keeping these records consistently. Statewide registration of births began in 1903 with the formation of the Texas Department of Public Health. By the late 1920s, over 80 percent of the births occurring Texas were recorded.

Birth records were usually filled out by a witness, midwife, or a medical professional. The certificate was then sent to the county, and the county sent a copy to the state. The records are intact and are being preserved under good conditions although some records may have been damaged or destroyed during their transfer to state officials. The state required counties to begin recording births to document the occurrence of a birth and to track public health issues. Delayed registration of births allowed persons whose birth was not recorded to obtain a birth certificate, usually in order to receive government benefits.The birth date and place, residence, and other facts that were current at the time the birth occurred are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. Other data such as the parents' age or birth place have a greater chance of error because they are based on the memory of the informant.

What Can These RecordsTell Me?

Birth records usually include the following information:

  • Full name and gender of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Legitimate?
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Parents' place of residence
  • Parents' age(s) and their birthplace
  • Parents race and occupation
  • Number of children now living

Delayed birth records usually include the following information:

  • Child’s name and gender
  • Child's birth date and place of birth
  • Names of witnesses to verify birth

Collection Contents

Coverage Table and Map

A table and map showing the number of records per county is available here. This page also includes a chart showing the number of records per year. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period. Records where the exact county could not be easily identified due to incomplete information in the index as listed in the table as Texas (State), but are not graphed on the map.

Digital Folder List

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. These collections do not include any human-readable waypoint data making them difficult to use. A table showing each DGS number and its contents can be found in Texas Birth Certificates Digital Folder Number List. The list can be sorted by DGS number, GS number, year, film note, author and title with a link to the FamilySearch Catalog record.

Sample Image

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The location or date of the event

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.


What Do I Do Next?

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the Texas, United States Genealogy.

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

I Can’t Find the Person 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.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Known Issues With This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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
"Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Bureau of Vital Statistics. State Registrar Office, Austin.
Record Citation:
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