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=== FAQs about United States Birth Records  ===
  
== Task  ==
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[[User:BatsonDL/Sandbox 4|Finding United States Birth Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] FAQs about U.S. Birth Records
  
Wiki Project Pennsylvania Tasks - Probate: Ancestry Task<br>  
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'''How do I find my ancestor’s birth record?''' <br>  
  
== Description  ==
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:#Check online indexes and digital images
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:#Check repositories, such as archives and libraries (FHL)
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:#Obtain certificate from the government agency ($$)
  
To locate pertinent probate records (estate, wills, etc.) databases on Ancestry.com and add them to the Probate Records heading.<br>  
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'''Why would I want to search for a birth record?'''<br>  
  
== Instructions  ==
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:*May give the exact date and place where the child was born
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:*May indicate where the parents were born
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:*Help you extend a generation to the parents of the child.
  
1. Search [http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/Default.aspx?category=36 Ancestry.com] ([http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/Default.aspx?category=36 AncestryInstitution.com])<br>  
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'''What information does a birth record include?'''<br>  
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Information gathered by state and county officials differs from each state. Generally the following was included:
  
2. From the list on the left, search for any statewide or partial statewide databases that might apply to your county for probate, estate, or wills. <br>
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:*Name of child
 
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:*Birth date and place of child
3. If you locate any databases that apply, list the databases under the Online Probate Records heading in chronological and then alphabetical order in the following manner: <br>
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:*Father’s name
 
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:*Mother’s name including maiden
::<nowiki>:* '''1729-1850''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2042 Lancaster, Pennsylvania Probate Index, 1729-1850] on [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] - ($), Taken from Fulton, Eleanore Jane. "An Index to the Will books and Intestate records of lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1729-1850." Lancaster, PA, USA: Fulton and Mylin, 1936.<br></nowiki>
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:*Birthplaces of parents
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4. From the list to the right of the webpage [http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/New-York/Default.aspx?category=36 Ancestry.com] ([http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/Default.aspx?category=36 AncestryInstitution.com]), click on the county you are working on. Probate, wills, and estate databases are hidden under, "Tax, Criminal, Land &amp; Wills". There are not very many probate records online so there may not be any listed for your county.<br>
 
 
 
5. If there are any probate, wills or estate records databases for this county on Ancestry, list the databases under the Probate Records heading in chronological and then alphabetical order using the example in number 3. <br>
 
 
 
6. You can list any other helpful info about the database after the $ in the entry (such as, not complete, index only, etc.).<br>
 
 
 
7. If there are dates listed in the title of the database, repeat the dates just after the bullet in bold. Make sure to use the N–dash between the dates and anytime it is used in wiki text. The N–dash is made by holding the alt key and typing 0150 <br>
 
 
 
== Example  ==
 
 
 
::<nowiki>:* '''1729-1850''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2042 Lancaster, Pennsylvania Probate Index, 1729-1850] on [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] - ($), Taken from Fulton, Eleanore Jane. "An Index to the Will books and Intestate records of lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1729-1850." Lancaster, PA, USA: Fulton and Mylin, 1936.<br></nowiki>
 
[[Category:Pennsylvania_Tasks|Church Records]]
 

Revision as of 18:42, 6 February 2013

FAQs about United States Birth Records

Finding United States Birth Records go to FAQs about U.S. Birth Records

How do I find my ancestor’s birth record?

  1. Check online indexes and digital images
  2. Check repositories, such as archives and libraries (FHL)
  3. Obtain certificate from the government agency ($$)

Why would I want to search for a birth record?

  • May give the exact date and place where the child was born
  • May indicate where the parents were born
  • Help you extend a generation to the parents of the child.

What information does a birth record include?
Information gathered by state and county officials differs from each state. Generally the following was included:

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