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Finding United States Birth Records

Background on Searching Birth Records

Why would I want to search for a birth record?

  • It can help you extend a generation to the parents of the child.
  • Can give indicate where the parents were born

What information does a birth record include?

  • Name of child
  • Birth date and place of child
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name including maiden
  • Birthplace of parents

What you need to know about birth records in the U.S.:

  • Each state has a different year when births began to be recorded depending on when their state law was passed. [Link to list of state registration]
  • Most states began recording births between 1900 and 1930.
  • New England states [define New England states] started recording births on the town level starting as early as the first residents of the town. [add link to page about obtaining birth records from the town clerk]

How to find your ancestor’s birth record: The order of looking for birth records is the following:

  1. Check the internet
  2. Check repositories, such as archives and libraries (FHL)
  3. Obtain it from the government agency ($$)

Step 1: Where Did the Birth Occur?

Choose one of the following: