The Washington Clerk Birth Registers holds 78,895 records in its collection, despite the fact that it only spans less than three decades. The records and birth certificates in this collection are dated between 1881 and 1908 and were retrieved from the Washington State Digital Archives. Individuals can learn more information about the Washington Clerk Birth Registers by visiting the Washington State Digital Archives website.
The records from the Washington Clerk Birth Registers are filed alphabetically by last name and include a long list of vital statistics on individuals born in the state during that time frame. Some of the data in the records includes a first, middle and last name of the individual, along with first, middle and last names on both parents when available. The location of the birth, including the county, is also provided. The full birth date is listed when available; otherwise, the date of birth may only include a year or be omitted completely. Other information that might be included when available is the race of the child and the locations where the parents were born.
These birth records also include catalogued information to make retrieval of official documents as efficient as possible. This might include a document number, reference number and the county where the document was recorded. With a large collection in this archive, the document catalogue is an important feature in helping interested individuals find the documents they are looking for as quickly and accurately as possible.
The records of the Washington Clerk Birth Registers are held by the Washington State Digital Archives. To obtain original copies of the records of this collection, contact the Washington State Digital Archives at:
Washington State Digital Archives
960 Washington Street
Cheney, WA 99004
Each birth record in the Washington State Digital Archives features assigned numbers for easier retrieval. The vital facts listed above are also included when available. These records were required by the state of Washington beginning in 1891 and were the responsibility of the midwives and physicians that oversaw the specific birth. By 1908, this responsibility shifted to the state, and records after this point were handled by the state Center for Health, Center for Health Statistics. Despite the state requirement, many births still went unrecorded during this time. Births that were recorded often did not include complete information on the individual. Files that are included in this archive are listed alphabetically by last name.
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