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Dates
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Years
1916-2005
Records
71,339,287
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This collection of indexed birth records from England and Wales was recorded by the General Register's Office (GRO). It contains millions of records documenting marriages from 1916 to 2005. Images are only available through 1983.
Name
Years
1837-1915
Records
62,793,107
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This collection of indexed birth records from England and Wales was recorded by the General Register's Office (GRO). It contains millions of records documenting marriages from 1837 to 1915.
Name
Years
1905-1995
Records
24,594,552
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This database is an index to over 24.5 million births occurring in California between 1905 and 1995. Information contained in this index includes child's name (names may be truncated at 8 letters), gender, birth date, birth county, and mother's maiden name (names may be truncated at 8 letters). If possible, it is important that you use the information found in this index to order a copy of the birth certificate, as the certificate may provide additional information about the child or the parents.
Name
Years
1903-1997
Records
17,102,204
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This database is an index to over 15 million births recorded in Texas between 1903 and 1997. Information contained in this index includes:

  • Child's full name
  • Sex
  • Birth date
  • Birth county

Some records also include:

  • Names of both parents
  • Birth certificate number

In some cases, where the names of the parents are provided, the parents' names were recorded incorrectly. Occasionally the mother's name was recorded in the father's place and the father's name was recorded in the mother's place. Therefore, you may need to switch which fields you put the parents' names in, in order to produce results.

Modern birth records are extremely valuable, but many researchers, learning birth information from home sources, fail to obtain birth certificates. This reluctance is most unfortunate and can result in an inaccurate or incomplete family genealogy. Use the information in this index to request a copy of the birth certificate. The original record will typically include additional information that is not found in the index. For information on how to order a copy of a birth certificate, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website.

Modern birth records contain much more information than earlier records. Although birth certificates vary from state to state, most of them share much information in common.

Probated or delayed birth registrations were sometimes submitted to the respective county court. These were then forwarded to the State Bureau of Vital Statistics. Microfilm indexes to delayed birth records include Texas residents born elsewhere, many of whom were seeking Social Security registration. The bureau ended delayed birth registration in 1959.

Birth records will generally contain the following information: Child--name, birthplace, date of birth, sex, hospital, time of birth; Father--name, race, birthplace, age, occupation; Mother--name, race, birthplace, age, occupation, residence. Sometimes you will also learn term of residence in the community, term of pregnancy, marital status, number of other living children, number of other deceased children, number of children born dead.

On the images of the index, counties are listed with a code. For reference, the following table is provided with each county and its code.

Name
Years
1908-1964
Records
8,222,087
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This database contains an index of Ohio births for the years 1908–1964. This index contains no images and is meant to be used to assist in finding the birth date and birthplace of your ancestors. Information found in this database may be used to assist in finding additional records. Details in the index include name, birth date, and place of birth.
Name
Years
1911-1999
Records
5,859,523
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This database is an index to over 5.9 million births recorded in Kentucky between 1911 and 1999. Information contained in this index includes child’s name, child’s gender, birth date, birth county, mother’s name, registered date, volume year, volume number, and birth certificate number. Note: Not all entries will contain all of this information. There is a small bug in the data and records from Rowan County are misindexed as Breathitt County. Researchers may want to search both counties, and be cautious in the interpretation of these records. With the information provided in this index, you may be able to obtain a copy of a birth certificate. If possible, it is important that you do this because oft times more information is provided in an original record than is provided in its index. For information on how to order a copy of a birth certificate, visit the Kentucky Department of Health, Vital Records website.
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Years
1935-2002
Records
4,267,608
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This database is an index created by the Minnesota Department of Health to approximately 4.2 million births occurring in Minnesota between 1935 and 2002. Information contained in this index includes child's full name, father's full name, mother's maiden name, birth date, birth county, and state file number. With the information provided in this index, you may be able to obtain a copy of a birth certificate. If possible, it is important that you do this because oft times more information is provided in an original record than is provided in its index. For information on how to order a copy of a birth certificate, visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.

In 1907 the Minnesota Vital Records law was enacted, giving the state the responsibility of keeping birth and death records. Their records for births start in 1900 and deaths in 1908. Both are indexed to the present but not available for research in person. There is no statewide marriage index until 1958. The fee ($11 for a birth record and $8 for a marriage or death record) will include a search and a copy of the request record or a statement that the record is not on file. Send to the Minnesota Department of Health, Section of Vital Records, P.O. Box 9441, 717 Delaware Street S.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55440.

Taken from Maki, Carol L. "Minnesota," in Ancestry's Red Book, ed. Alice Eichholz. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992).

Vital records can be great sources of genealogical information. Besides providing the name of the person for whom the record was created, vital records can provide a wealth of other information. Birth records will generally, but not always, contain the following information: Child - name, birthplace, date of birth, sex, hospital, time of birth; Father - name, race, birthplace, age, occupation; Mother - name, race, birthplace, age, occupation, residence, term of residence in the community, term of pregnancy, marital status, number of other living children, number of other deceased children, number of children born dead.

Modern (post-1910) birth records are maintained by the states. They are extremely valuable, but many researchers, learning birth information from home sources, fail to obtain birth certificates. This reluctance is most unfortunate and can result in an inaccurate or incomplete family genealogy. Modern birth records contain much more information than earlier records. Although birth certificates vary from state to state, most of them share much information in common.

Taken from Cerny, Johni, "Research in Birth, Death, and Cemetery Records." In The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, ed. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997).

Name
Years
1903-1932
Records
2,285,123
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Texas, Birth Certificates
Name
Years
1865-2012
Records
2,005,053
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North Carolina, Mecklenburg County Birth Index
Name
Years
1853-1969
Records
1,847,870
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This collection West Virginia birth records comes covers 1853-1969. Information, when available, includes the person's name, gender; race; birth date and place; date and place of christening; age at christening; death date; age at death; parents' names, ages, and birthplaces; grandparents' names; and film number.
Name
Years
1660-1931
Records
1,600,243
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This database is an index extracted from more than 2.3 million birth, baptism, and christening records from New Jersey.

What's in the Index

Volunteers extracted the birth, baptism, and christening details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records from New Jersey. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of birth, baptism, and christening records for the state during this time.

Details in the index entries vary depending on the original record, but they may include

  • name
  • gender
  • race
  • birthplace
  • birth date
  • christening place
  • christening date
  • death date
  • age at death
  • father's name, age, birthplace
  • mother's name, age, birthplace
  • paternal grandparents
  • maternal grandparents
  • FHL film number
    • Death dates and ages refer to children who died near or at birth.

      The FHL film number refers to a microfilm copy of the source held by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

      Because this database includes details extracted from family records, researchers will want to confirm facts with original and primary sources.

Name
Years
1857-1947
Records
1,559,117
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This collection contains birth, baptism and christening information from civil, church and other records. It is not a comprehensive database of all births in Iowa for this time period. Information varies by county, but can include name; date and place of birth; date of baptism; date of death; age at death; race; gender; father's name, age and birthplace; mother's name, age and birthplace; paternal grandparents' names; and maternal grandparents' names.
Name
Years
1826-1908
Records
1,403,966
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This collection contains birth, baptism and christening information from civil, church and other records for 1826-1908. It is not a comprehensive database of all births in Wisconsin for this time period. Information varies by county, but can include name; gender; date and place of birth; date and place of christening; age at christening; date of death and age at death (for children who died near birth); race; father's name, age and birthplace; mother's name, age and birthplace; paternal grandparents' names; maternal grandparents' names; and FHL film number.
Name
Updated Washington Birth Index Source: Washington State Department of Health
Years
1907-1919
Records
1,160,730
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Birth registers in Washington were kept on a county level from 1891-1907. The mandatory recording of births and deaths on a state level began 1 July 1907.

This database contains an index to births in Washington from 1907-1919. Some earlier records may also be included. This index was created by and obtained from the Washington Department of Health. There are no images of these records in this database.

Information contained in this database includes:

  • Name of child

  • Gender

  • Birth date

  • Birthplace

  • Race

  • Parents’ names

Not all of the above information may be available for every individual listed in this database. The amount of information available for a person varies according to the type of form used as the original record.

Use the information gathered from this database to order a copy of the birth certificate from the Department of Health. Visit the Washington State Department of Health website (http://www.doh.wa.gov/) for more information on how to do that.

Some of the above information was taken from Dwight A. Radford, “Washington,” in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3d ed., ed. Alice Eichholz. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004).

Name
Years
1840-1980
Records
1,026,005
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This collection contains birth, baptism and christening information from civil, church and other records. It is not a comprehensive database of all births in Iowa for this time period. Information varies by county, but can include name; gender; date and place of birth; date and place of christening; age at christening; date of death and age at death (for children who died near birth); race; father's name, age and birthplace; mother's name, age and birthplace; paternal grandparents' names; maternal grandparents' names; and FHL film number.
Name
Years
1820-1907
Records
985,812
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This collection contains an index of births prior to 1907. There may be some births recorded at the county level that are not included in this index from the Wisconsin Department of Health. Information in this index includes the name, birth date, county of birth, reel number, and record number.
Name
Years
1909-2008
Records
961,005
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The birth records in this collection covers 1909 to 2008. Information varies by the type of birth certificate, but can include the child's name, gender, date and time of birth, birthplace, and parents' names, birthplaces and residence.
Name
Years
1867-1911
Records
916,602
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This collection Michigan birth and christening records comes from a variety of sources and overs 1867-1911. Not all counties for all years are included. Information, when available, includes the person's name, gender; race; birth date and place; date and place of christening; age at christening; death date; age at death; parents' names, ages, and birthplaces; grandparents' names; and film number.
Name
New Nevada, Birth Index, 1975-2012 Source: Nevada State Health Division, Office of Vital Statistics. State Birth Index. Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Carson City, Nevada.
Years
1975-2012
Records
894,480
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Nevada birth and death records date from 1911 to the present and are held at the Nevada State Health Division, Office of Vital Statistics in Carson City, Nevada.

This collection is an index to birth records beginning in 1975 through 2012. Details in the index include:

  • name
  • birth date
  • city and county of birth

For information on how to obtain copies of the entire record, see the Nevada State Health Division, Office of Vital Statistics. Some privacy restrictions may apply.

Name
Years
1891-1902
Records
773,722
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In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, immigrants swarmed through the port of New York. Many of these immigrants moved on to other cities and states; however, many others stayed and created a life in New York. This database is an index of births reported in New York City between 1891 and 1902. For the years 1891 to 1897 these records include Manhattan, parts of the Bronx, and Brooklyn. For these earlier years, users must note that the information is from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and part of the Bronx only. From 1898 through 1902 all five boroughs of New York City are listed: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Richmond and Queens. For the later years of 1898 to 1902 the borough is included in the database. This index includes name, date of birth, borough (where available) and certificate number. This database will prove useful for those seeking turn of the century ancestors in New York City.

Original records and index may also be found at the New York City Municipal Archives:

NYC Municipal Archives
31 Chambers Street, Room 103
New York, NY 10007
(212) 788-8580
FAX (212) 385-0984

The original index can be found on the following Family History Library microfilms:

1891-1902 FHL 1322457-1322459

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