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Birth Records - The Beginning of Everything

Aug 17, 2007
Birth records pertain to documents that are created at the time of birth of a person. You can find the date of birth, the place of birth, and the names of the parents as well as the doctor who handled the birth of the child.

Birth certificates are usually issued within a span of six months after the birth. The county clerk's office or the health department is usually the government institution that will keep copies of birth documents in a given location.

People primarily access birth records as part of one's search for his/her genealogy. These records are known as eyewitness accounts, the earliest and most accurate record of someone's birth, recognized for having been around since the early 1900s. And for many people, birth documents can help one fill in the missing spaces in one's family tree or determine the rightful heir or ancestor to someone's estate.

Aside from adoption records, birth records can also be an excellent resource for finding one's birth parents. They can also help you trace where your original hometown is and determine if there are still any locals who you may be related to or who were acquainted with any of your relatives. Whether you are piecing together your family history or conducting research on someone else's family for a book or an article, retrieving birth documents is the most obvious start off point.

Almost all birth records have now been transcribed from copies of the originals and made available online. This is great news as it saves you the trouble of searching through piles of paper or hundreds of reels of microfilm, which are very tedious to peruse. Although some discrepancies and typographical errors cannot be avoided, these are often the result of inaccuracies found in the originals, instead of the transcribed copies. Since most birth documents date back several decades, some entries may have been provided with illegible handwriting or incomplete information.

Searching for birth records online may sometimes be time-consuming so try to provide the most specific details first and then generalize gradually if negative results appear. You can also try for common misspellings of names to see if anything turns up and utilize wild card searches, whenever possible. Online searches for birth certificates allow you the freedom to try numerous possibilities so that you can find the right record in a lot less time.

When searching for birth records online, you can go directly to the government office website or conduct the search through a third party company. It is often more economical to go straight to the government office but they will require you to provide them with the necessary information to retrieve the birth records. With a third party company, on the other hand, you can provide the bare minimum of data and they can do all the legwork for you.

A tip - when ordering birth records online is ensuring that all certified documents are printed on banknote paper and contains the seal of the state in which it was ordered from.
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