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Search Public Birth Records and Birth Statistics - RecordsFinder The information contained on official state-issued birth certificates or birth records includes the names of both parents, their occupations, addresses, and ethnic origin, and the child's sex, given name, date, time and place of birth. Other information may include the existence of siblings and their ages. Official birth documents are stamped with the seal of the records keeper in the place of birth and kept under lock and key.

These documents are created 3.9 million times a year, one for each child born in the U.S.

For children adopted from other countries by U.S. citizens, a document similar to a birth certificate is issued. It is called a Certificate of Foreign Birth.

Uses for Birth Records

Vital statistics like birth records are used in many ways: to track national and regional health conditions, study mortality rates and causes, to record educational outcomes and to predict population growth and related government revenue.

Individuals likely think of their birth records in terms of gaining government documentation like work permits, social security cards, passports, and admission to schools. The documents are used throughout one's life for identification purposes, as the basis of one's status as a citizen and proof of eligibility for the benefits derived from such. Upon the death of a parent, birth records are also used to claim inheritances or insurance.

Types of birth records

In the United States, local town, city or county clerks are generally the official in charge of birth records, and individuals born after 1960 need to contact that office for an official birth certificate. However, there are different types of birth records and access to most are restricted to direct family members.

The long form birth certificate includes all of the information listed above, including parents' names, occupations, and information on siblings. It is needed to execute legal action like adoption.

The short form birth certificate is an abstract, or summary version of the long form document, usually just containing the name, date, and place of birth. It is acceptable for many general uses from obtaining driver's licenses to school registration.

Certified copies of birth certificates are stamped and signed by the legal authority that controls access to such records. Certified copies may be necessary for government uses.

The words Exemplified and Apostille are sometimes applied to birth records, particularly those necessary for a transaction with a foreign government. Exemplified is a triple-certification of authenticity, requiring both a clerk and a judge to attest to the legitimacy of the document. Apostille is a further certification of authenticating signatures, and both are generally attached to the original document or certificate as an additional page.

Birth Records Statistics Infographic

Birth Records Statistics
Number of births: 3,988,076
Birth Records Statistics
Birth rate: 12.5 per 1,000 population
Birth Records Statistics
Fertility rate: 62.9 births per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years
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Percent born low birth weight: 8.0%
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Percent born preterm: 9.6%
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Percent unmarried: 40.2%
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Mean age at first birth: 26.3

Restrictions on obtaining records

It is difficult - and possibly illegal - to obtain the birth records of a living person who is not a direct family member. Most vital records clerks restrict access to the birth records of anyone born within 100 years, requiring written, notarized permission from the individual whose records are requested and will only provide that document to a close family member (parent, child, spouse etc.). Records more than 100 years old are usually considered public documents and may be accessed through the state's archives.

Changes in birth records

The rise of DNA testing may call into question one of the data points on a birth certificate: paternity. Of the nearly 4 million births in the U.S. each year, about 40 percent are to unwed women. While the father of record (whether married to the mother or not) is usually - but not always -- named on the birth certificate, the availability of DNA testing could change that. Currently about 300,000 DNA tests are performed each year. Simple, commercially available DNA tests may alter birth certificates more often in coming years with the proliferation of this scientific proof of paternity which can then be used to demand financial support and prove lineage. The Supreme Court in the mid-1980s upheld the right of minors under 18 to sue for paternity when the state of Pennsylvania attempted to limit the window on paternity to six years.

While individuals over the age of 18 are permitted to change their legal names with a judge's permission (after a check to ensure it's not being done to defraud anyone), the name on one's birth certificate does not change.

Historical Birth Records on December 18

  • 1507 Ōuchi Yoshitaka, Japanese warlord (d. 1551)
  • 1562 Philipp Dulichius, composer
  • 1569 Jakob Hassler, composer
  • 1602 Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian and politician (d. 1650)
  • 1610 Charles Du Fresne Du Cange, French scholar/philologist
  • 1620 Heinrich Roth, German Sanskrit scholar (d. 1668)
  • 1633 Adriaen Melar, Flemish engraver, baptised
  • 1633 Willem van de Velde the Young, Dutch seascape painter, baptised
  • 1635 Antonius Matthaeus, Dutch lawyer/historian
  • 1661 Christopher Polhem, Swedish scientist and inventor (d. 1751)
  • 1662 James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry, Scottish politician (d. 1711)
  • 1667 Wenzel Ludwig von Radolt, composer
  • 1707 Charles Wesley, co-founder (Methodist movement)
  • 1709 Elizabeth, empress of Russia (to Peter the Great & Catherine I)
  • 1725 Johann Salomo Semler, German historian and Bible commentator (d. 1791)
  • 1734 Jean-Baptiste Rey, composer
  • 1760 Knud L Rahbek, Danish literary (Om sku skuespillerkunsten)
  • 1779 Joseph Grimaldi, England, pantomimist ("greatest clown in history")
  • 1786 Carl Maria von Weber, Germany, romantic composer (Der Freischutz)
  • 1788 Camille Pleyel, Austria, piano builder/composer
  • 1803 William Allen, (Rep/Gov-Oh)
  • 1811 Alexander Sandor Asboth, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1868
  • 1812 Wiktor Kazynski, composer
  • 1816 Alfred Elzey Jones, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1871
  • 1819 Yakov Petrovich Polonsky, Russian poet (Stichotvorenija)
  • 1825 Charles Griffin, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1867
  • 1826 Charles-A Chatrian, [Erckmann-C], French writer (L'ami Fritz)
  • 1826 Mercer Brooke John, (Confederate Navy), died in 1906
  • 1835 George Dashiell Bayard, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1862
  • 1835 Lyman Abbott, American author (d. 1922)
  • 1837 A Adolf Daens, Belgian priest/Dutch party founder (CVP)
  • 1844 Lujo [Ludwig J von] Brentano, German economist
  • 1848 Karl Schroder, composer
  • 1851 Graciano Lopez Jaena, Filipino hero, orator and satirist (d. 1896)
  • 1852 Gaetano Coronaro, composer
  • 1856 Joseph John Thomson, Eng, physicist discovered electron (Nobel 1906)
  • 1860 Edward Alexander MacDowell, US, composer (Indian Suite)
  • 1861 Lionel Monckton, composer
  • 1863 French Ferdinand, archduke of Austria (Sarajevo/WW I)
  • 1867 Antoon van Welie, Dutch painter
  • 1870 Andres Randolf, Denmark, actor (The Kiss)
  • 1870 D T Suzuki, Kanazawa Japan, Zen Buddhist scholar
  • 1870 Saki, [Hector Hugo Munro], Burma, author (Reginald, When William Came)
  • 1873 Adolf Vogl, composer
  • 1873 Francis Burton Harrison, American political figure (d. 1957)
  • 1877 Max Pallenberg, Austria, actor (Brave Suender)/husb of Fritzi Massary
  • 1879 Paul Klee, Switzerland, abstract painter (Twittering Machine) [NS]
  • 1884 Philippe van Isacker, Belgian minister
  • 1886 Ty Cobb, Colo, batted .367, stole 892 bases (Det Tigers)
  • 1886 Ty Cobb, American baseball player (d. 1961)
  • 1888 Gladys Cooper, Lewisham England, actress (My Fair Lady)
  • 1888 Robert Moses, power broker (built Long Island & NYC parks & roads)
  • 1890 Edwin Howard Armstrong, NYC, radio pioneer inventor (FM)
  • 1897 Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker
  • 1897 Fletcher Henderson, American arranger and composer (d. 1952)
  • 1898 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist
  • 1904 George Stevens, US director (Alice Adams, Penny Serenade)
  • 1904 Wilf Carter, country singer
  • 1905 Richard Sturzenegger, composer
  • 1906 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher
  • 1906 Kam Tong, actor (Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song)
  • 1907 Christopher Fry, Bristol England, playwright (Ring Around the Moon)
  • 1907 Bill Holland, American auto racer (d. 1984)
  • 1908 Celia Johnson, England, actress (Happy Breed, Brief encounter)
  • 1909 Mona Barrie, [Smith], London England, actress (Dawn on Great Divide)
  • 1910 Abe Burrows, Bkln NY, Broadway composer (Guys & Dolls 1951 TONY)
  • 1910 Eric Tindall, cricketer (All Black rep who kept wicket in 5 Tests)
  • 1911 Helen Vlachos, journalist
  • 1911 Jules Dassin, Middletown CT, director (Circle of Two, Never on Sunday)
  • 1912 Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American General (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Alfred Bester, US, science fiction author (Decievers, Starlight)
  • 1913 Donald Phillips, pianist/composer
  • 1913 Lynn Bari, Roanoke Va, actress (Connie-Detective Wife, Earthbound)
  • 1913 Saburo Takata, composer
  • 1913 Willy Brandt, [Herbert Frahm], German chancellor (1969-74, Nobel 1971)
  • 1913 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (d. 2006)
  • 1914 Jerry Zipkin, socialite
  • 1915 Dario Mangiarotti, Italy, fencing, gold, 2 silver (Olympic-1948, 52)
  • 1916 Betty Grable, St Louis, great legs/actress (Gay Divorcee)
  • 1917 Ossie Davis, Cogdell GA, actor/playwright (Hot Stuff, Man Called Adam)
  • 1919 Anita O'Day, Chicago, big band jazz singer (Gene Krupa, Stan Kanton)
  • 1920 Rita Streich, German singer
  • 1920 Willis Conover, broadcaster
  • 1922 Larry D Mann, Toronto Canada, actor (Marty-Accidental Family)
  • 1923 Lotti [Charlotte] van der Gaag, Dutch sculptor/painter
  • 1926 Peggy Cummins, North Wales, actress (Curse of the Demon)
  • 1927 Ramsey Clark, US attorney General (1967-69)
  • 1927 Sterling Lanier, US, writer (Hiero's Journey)
  • 1927 Roméo LeBlanc, 25th Governor General of Canada
  • 1928 Józef Glemp, Polish cardinal
  • 1929 Gino Cimoli, American baseball player
  • 1930 Moose Skowron, American baseball player
  • 1931 Gunnel Lindblom, Goeteborg Sweden, actor (Hunger, Virgin Spring)
  • 1931 Noel McGregor, cricketer (batted in 25 Tests for NZ 1955-65)
  • 1931 Allen Klein, American rock and roll business manager
  • 1931 Alison Plowden, English historian (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Roger Smith, South Gate Calif, actor (77 Sunset Strip)
  • 1933 Arthur Leigh Allen, Suspected Zodiac serial killer (d. 1992)
  • 1934 Boris Valentinovich Volynov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 5, 21)
  • 1935 Jacques Pépin, French chef
  • 1936 Malcolm Kirk, English professional wrestler (d. 1987)
  • 1938 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, rocker (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 1938 Roger E. Mosley, American actor
  • 1939 Christoffel "Stoffel" van de Merwe, S Afr minister of Education
  • 1939 Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright
  • 1939 Michael J Moorcock, England, sci-fi author (Alien Heat, Bull & Spear)
  • 1939 Sandro Lopopolia, Italy, lightweight boxer (Olympic-Silver-1960)
  • 1939 Harold E. Varmus, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • 1940 Arnold Long, cricketer (prolific wicketkeeper for Surrey & Sussex)
  • 1940 Bramwell Morrison, member of Sharon, Lois & Bram
  • 1941 Sam Andrew, rocker (Big Brother & Holding Company-Cheap Thrills)
  • 1941 Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpeter and composer
  • 1942 William HAF, English prince/grandson of George V
  • 1942 Harvey Atkin, Canadian actor
  • 1943 Alan Rudolph, actor (Endangers Species, Love at Large, Made in Heaven)
  • 1943 Bobby Keyes, rocker
  • 1943 Keith Richards, England, rock guitarist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
  • 1945 Birenda Bir Bikram, King of Nepal (1972- )
  • 1945 Carolyn Wood, US, 4 X 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1946 Hubie Green, Birmingham Ala, PGA golfer (US Open 1977)
  • 1946 Stephen (Steve) Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist
  • 1947 Eddie Antar, founder/CEO (Crazy Eddie Electronics Store)
  • 1947 Steven Spielberg, Cincinnati, director (ET, Close Encounters, Jaws)
  • 1948 Bryan "Chas" Changler, Newcastle, rock bassist (Animals)
  • 1948 Bill Nelson, English musician (Be Bop Deluxe)
  • 1948 Laurent Voulzy, French singer and composer
  • 1949 Joni Flynn, Assam India, actress (Octopussy)
  • 1950 Gillian Armstrong, Melbourne Aust, director (High Tide, Mrs Soffel)
  • 1950 Leonard Maltin, NYC, movie critic (Entertainment Tonight)
  • 1950 Martha Johnson, Toronto Canada, rocker (M+M)
  • 1950 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne) (d. 2002)
  • 1951 Andrew S Thomas, Adelaide Australia, PhD/astronaut (STS 77, STS 89/91)
  • 1951 Candice Rialson, Santa Monica Calif, actress (Chatterbox)
  • 1953 Elliot Easton, [Elliot Shapiro], Brooklyn NY, rock guitarist (Cars)
  • 1953 Khas-Magomed Hadjimuradov, Chechen bard
  • 1954 Ray Liotta, Newark NJ, actor (Sacha-Casablanca, Goodfellas)
  • 1956 Reinhold Ewald, Germany, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-25)
  • 1956 Ron White, American comedian
  • 1957 John Webster, rocker (Red Ryder-Light in the Tunnel)
  • 1959 Barrie Chase, actress (Mardi Gras, Cape Fear)
  • 1960 Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist
  • 1961 Brian Orser, Canada, figure skater (Olympics-Silver-88)
  • 1961 Ken Foreman, rocker (Thrashing Doves-Reprobate's Hymm)
  • 1961 Lalchand Rajput, cricketer (Indian Test opening batsman 1985-86)
  • 1961 Thomas Strittmatter, writer
  • 1962 Renaldo Lapuz, Filipino-American Singer
  • 1963 Charles Oakley, NBA forward (NY Knicks)
  • 1963 Lori McNeil, San Diego Calif, tennis star (1995 Oakland doubles)
  • 1963 Karl Dorrell, American football coach
  • 1963 Pauline Ester, French singer
  • 1963 Allan Kayser, American actor
  • 1964 Don Beebe, NFL wide reciever (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
  • 1964 Robson Green, English actor and singer
  • 1965 Angeliki Kaneltopoutous, Greece, tennis star
  • 1965 Brad Pitt, actor (Cutting Class)
  • 1965 Brian Walton, Ottawa Ontario, points race cyclist (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1965 Fawna Maclaren, Santa Monica Ca, playmate (Jan, 1989)
  • 1965 Willie Blair, Paintsville KY, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • 1965 Mick Collins, American musician (The Gories, The Dirtbombs)
  • 1965 Tommy Davidson, American actor
  • 1966 Aaron Jones, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
  • 1966 Gianluca Pagliuca, Italian actress (Ugly Dirty & Bad)
  • 1966 Kiefer Sutherland, actor (Young Guns, Stand by Me, Lost Boys)
  • 1966 Patricia Neder, Wauykesha WI, team handball right wing (Olymp-92, 96)
  • 1966 Steve Dullaghan, rocker (Primitives-Lovely, Lump of Coal)
  • 1966 Terry Phelps, Larchmont NY, tennis star
  • 1966 Tracy Byrd, country singer
  • 1966 Makiko Esumi, Japanese actress
  • 1966 Mille Petrozza, German singer (Kreator)
  • 1967 Bob Corkum, Salisbury, NHL center (Phila Flyers)
  • 1967 Charles Christopher Rymer, Cleveland TN, PGA golfer (1995 Shell-3rd)
  • 1967 Dan McGwire, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1967 Tracy Hayworth, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1967 Toine van Peperstraten, Dutch sports journalist
  • 1968 Aaron Craver, NFL running back (Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1968 Casper Van Dien, actor (Starship Troopers)
  • 1968 Alejandro Sanz, Spanish singer
  • 1969 Andrew Murphy, Australian long jumper/triple jumper (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Chris Dausin, WLAF corner/guard (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1969 Joanne Mills, Sydney Aust, golfer (T25 Holden 1994 Women's Aust Open)
  • 1969 Joe Randa, Milwaukee WI, infielder (KC Royals)
  • 1969 Keith Piper, cricketer (Warwickshire & England A wicketkeeper)
  • 1969 Marco Coleman, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969 T C Wright, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1969 Santiago Cañizares, Spanish footballer
  • 1969 Justin Edinburgh, English footballer
  • 1970 Lucious Harris, NBA guard (NJ Nets, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1970 Anthony Catanzaro, American fitness model
  • 1970 Cowboy Troy, American rapper
  • 1970 DMX, American rapper and actor
  • 1970 Miles Marshall Lewis, American author
  • 1970 Rob Van Dam, American professional wrestler
  • 1970 Johnny Yeo, English artist
  • 1971 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Barcelona, tennis star (Oly-silv/bronze-92)
  • 1971 Frank Pimiskern, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • 1971 Joe Dziedzic, Minneapolis, NHL left wing (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1971 Markus Finke, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Neil Little, Medicine Hat, NHL goalie (Phila Flyers)
  • 1971 Barkha Dutt, Indian journalist
  • 1971 Noriko Matsueda, Japanese composer
  • 1972 Eric Unverzagt, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Sea Seahawks, Scotland Claymores)
  • 1972 Jeff Nelson, Prince Albert, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • 1972 Marcos Ondruska, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1972 Trevor Chowning, American Pop Artist
  • 1972 DJ Lethal, Latvian-born American DJ (House of Pain, Limp Bizkit)
  • 1972 Raymond Herrera, American drummer (Fear Factory) and businessman
  • 1973 Jason Williams, Gonzales LA, baseball infielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1973 Keith Washington, NFL defensive end (Minn Vikings, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1974 Peter Boulware, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1974 Euroboy, Norwegian musician (Turbonegro)
  • 1974 Kari Byron, artist and television personality
  • 1974 Bill Duggan, American television actor and host
  • 1975 Michael Barry, Toronto, Ontario, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1975 Masaki Sumitani, Japanese comedian
  • 1975 Trish Stratus, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1976 Koyuki, Japanese actress and model
  • 1977 José Acevedo, Dominican baseball player
  • 1978 Naomi Lang, Arcata Calif, dance skater (& Peter Tchernyshev)
  • 1978 Ali Curtis, American soccer player
  • 1978 Katie Holmes, American actress
  • 1979 Carlos, Portuguese footballer
  • 1980 Christina Aguilera, American singer
  • 1982 Dave Luetkenhoelter, American bassist (Kutless)
  • 1983 Darren Carter, English footballer
  • 1983 Steph Jones, American R&B singer
  • 1985 Tara Conner, 2006 Miss USA
  • 1985 Hana Soukupová, Czech supermodel
  • 1987 Miki Andō, Japanese figure skater
  • 1987 Ayaka, Japanese singer
  • 1987 Fernando Jara, Panamanian-American jockey
  • 1989 Ashley Benson, American actress
  • 1989 Ashley Slanina-Davies, Hollyoaks actress

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