Discovering Birth Records

Types of genealogy records that may list a birth date


Many U.S. States did not keep birth records until recent years. If birth certificates are not available, where do you go next? Generally, the next place to look for birth information is in any record that might have recorded the birth. For birth information, the following types of records may be helpful:

  • Death records
  • Marriage records
  • Church records
  • Bible records
  • Cemetery records
  • Obituary records
  • Newspaper records
  • Census records
  • Biographies
  • Naturalization and citizenship records
  • School records


In many cases, the birth date can only be calculated from an age or assumed age in another record. However, just because you can't find a birth record does not mean that you won't be able to find someone's parents. It simply means that you will need to dig a bit deeper into other types of records in order to find out more.


Here are a few case studies where a birth record was not available, but an individual's family was still located using other record sources.





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