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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%
Birth Records Statistics
Percent unmarried: 40.2%
Birth Records Statistics
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 June 26

  • 1575 Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1612)
  • 1582 Johannes Schultz, composer
  • 1655 Jean Deutz, merchant/Amsterdam regent
  • 1681 Hedwig Sophia, duchess of Holstein-Gottorp, Swedish writer (d. 1708)
  • 1689 Edward Holyoke, American academic (d. 1769)
  • 1694 Georg Brandt, Swedish chemist and mineralogist (d. 1768)
  • 1702 Philip Doddridge, England, Dr/nonconformist clergyman
  • 1703 Thomas Clap, American academic (d. 1767)
  • 1730 Charles Joseph Messier, astronomer (cataloguer of "M objects")
  • 1742 Arthur Middleton, signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1747 Leopold Jan Antonin Kozeluh, composer
  • 1749 Louis Joseph Claude Saint-Amans, composer
  • 1760 Johan I Jozef, monarch of Liechtenstein/fieldmarshal
  • 1763 George Morland, England, artist of rural landscapes
  • 1819 Abner Doubleday, Mjr Gen (Union)/inventor (baseball) [or 1/26]
  • 1821 Bartolomé Mitre, Argentine general
  • 1823 Frederick Bowen Jewson, composer
  • 1824 Kelvin, [William Thomson], British physicist (Kelvin Scale)
  • 1824 Moritz Furstenau, composer
  • 1831 Julius Rodenberg, [Levy], German writer (Kriegs-Songs of War & Peace)
  • 1837 Martin Davis Hardin II, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1923
  • 1837 Victor Jean Baptiste Girardey, Brig General (Confederate Army)
  • 1854 Robert Laird Borden, (C), 8th Canadian PM (1911-20)
  • 1865 Bernard Berenson, art critic (Italian Painters of the Renaissance)
  • 1865 Charles E Bonin, French explorer/diplomat (China)
  • 1865 George C Pearce, actor (Country Kid, British Agent, Valiant)
  • 1866 Josef Swickard, Coblenz Germany, actor (Lost City, Tale of 2 Cities)
  • 1869 Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (d. 1954)
  • 1874 Albert Relf, cricketer (England all-rounder in 13 Tests 1903-14)
  • 1874 Mikhail Vladimirovich Ivanov-Boretsky, composer
  • 1875 Camille Zeckwer, composer
  • 1876 Nico[laas P] de Jong, Dutch radio play actor (Laughter & Tears)
  • 1878 Albert Siklos, composer
  • 1878 Ernest Torrence, Edinburgh Scotland, actor (Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  • 1880 Natalia, Princess Brassova (d. 1952)
  • 1885 Andre Maurois, [Emile Herzog], French writer (Balzac)
  • 1885 Anna M F van Wageningen-Salomons, author (Girl Student) [or 9/26]
  • 1885 Billy Jenkins, [Erich Rosenthal], Magdeburg
  • 1886 Margaretha C E "Greta" Beekman, actress (Wrong Poes)
  • 1887 Anthony G de Rothschild, Britain, philanthropist
  • 1891 Heinrich Lemacher, composer
  • 1891 Sidney Coe Howard, US, dramatist (Swords, Pulitzer 1925)
  • 1891 Vladislav Vancura, Czech physician/(stage)author/resistance fighter
  • 1892 Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, China, author (Good Earth-Nobel 1938)
  • 1893 "Big Bill" Broonzy, Miss, blues singer/guitarist (Blues by Broonzy)
  • 1894 Bill Wirges, Buffalo NY, orch leader (Growing Paynes)
  • 1894 Jeanne Eagels, actress (Rain, Under False Colors)
  • 1895 Jankel Adler, Polish painter
  • 1895 George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1950)
  • 1897 Viola Dana, Brooklyn, actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover)
  • 1898 Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer
  • 1898 Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history (d. 1971)
  • 1899 Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (d. 1918)
  • 1900 Joseph E A "Jo" Spier, Dutch cartoonist/water color painter
  • 1901 Stuart Symington, (Sen-D-Mo)
  • 1901 William Busch, composer
  • 1902 Antonia Brico, Rotterdam Holland, conductor/pianist (Antonia)
  • 1902 William Lear, engineer/manufacturer/CEO (Lear Jet Corp)
  • 1902 Hugues Cuénod, Swiss Tenor
  • 1903 Ashley Clarke, president (Venice in Peril Fund)
  • 1903 Floyd "Babe" Herman, Brooklyn Dodgers' slugger (.324 lifetime average)
  • 1904 Peter Lorre, Hungarian/US, actor (M, Casablanca, Beast with 5 Fingers)
  • 1904 Frank Scott Hogg, Canadian astronomer (d. 1951)
  • 1905 Jack Longland, British director of education (Derbyshire)
  • 1905 Jan Louis Guillaume "Yvan" Doornik, Neth resistance fighter in France
  • 1906 Stefan Andres, German writer (Wir sind Utopia)
  • 1906 Viktor Schreckengost, American industrial designer (d. 2008)
  • 1907 Debs Garms, American baseball player (d. 1984)
  • 1909 "Col Tom" Parker, [Dries Van Kruijk], Neth, rock mgr (Elvis Presley)
  • 1909 Betty Askwith, author
  • 1909 Nicholas Polunin, environmentalist
  • 1910 Charles Spry, Australian security chief
  • 1911 Edward Levi, professor (Intro to Legal Reasoning)
  • 1911 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American athlete (d. 1956)
  • 1913 Babe [Mildred Ella] Didrikson, Port Arthur TX, hurdler (Oly-gold-32)
  • 1913 Maurice Wilkes, inventor (stored program concept for computers)
  • 1913 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician (d. 2008)
  • 1914 John J "John" Beautiful Garden, sculptor
  • 1914 Laurie Lee, male poet/author (I Can't Stay Long)
  • 1914 Richard Maltby, orch leader (Vaughn Monroe Show)
  • 1914 Wolfgang Windgassen, Annemasse Germany, tenor (Stuttgart Opera)
  • 1914 Laurie Lee, British writer (d. 1997)
  • 1915 Paul Castellano, American mafia boss (d. 1985)
  • 1915 Charlotte Zolotow, American author
  • 1916 Paul Derrick, co-operator/Christian socialist
  • 1917 William Hamilton, British MP
  • 1919 Lord Rawlinson, British attorney general (Ewell)
  • 1920 Michael Eastham, high court judge
  • 1921 Abe Jan Koldijk, SS-physician (Limburg's family doctor)
  • 1921 Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent (d. 1945)
  • 1922 Alan Peacock, economist
  • 1922 Campbell Adamson, CEO (Abbey National Pictures)
  • 1922 Eleanor Parker, Ohio, actress (Caged, Detective Story, Hans Brinker)
  • 1922 Frances Rafferty, Sioux City Iowa, actress (December Bride)
  • 1923 David Haslam, British rear admiral (hydrographer)
  • 1923 Barbara Graham, American murderer (d. 1955)
  • 1924 Peter Miles, British keeper of privy purse
  • 1924 Syd Lawrence, bandleader (Syd Lawrence Orch)
  • 1924 Costas Axelos, Greek philosopher
  • 1925 Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod II)
  • 1927 Leslie Carpenter, CEO (Reed International)
  • 1928 Jacob Druckman, Philadelphia, composer (Animus I Auerole)
  • 1928 Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japanese inventor
  • 1929 Alexander Fenton, CEO (Euro Ethnological Research Center in Edinburgh)
  • 1929 Francesco Cossiga, president of Italy (1985- )
  • 1929 Ian Prestt, English ornithologist
  • 1929 Milton Glaser, American Designer
  • 1930 Willem G Statius Muller, Neth Antilles, conductor/pianist/composer
  • 1931 Alan Bailey, British sect (dept of transport)
  • 1931 Colin Wilson, author (Afterlife, Book of Great Mysteries)
  • 1931 Lucien Goethals, composer
  • 1932 Henry Bromfield, cricketer (S Afr off-spinner in 9 Tests 1961-65)
  • 1933 Claudio Abbado, Milan Italy, composer/conductor (London Symph-1982)
  • 1933 David Winnick, British MP
  • 1933 Pat Morita, [Noriyuki], Calif, actor (Arnold-Happy Days, Karate Kid)
  • 1934 John V Tunney, heavyweight boxing champion/(Rep/Sen-D-Calif)
  • 1934 Josef Sommer, Germany, actor (Witness, Target, Iceman, Forced March)
  • 1934 Luis Felipe Pires, composer
  • 1934 Jeremy Wolfenden, British journalist (d. 1965)
  • 1935 Douglas Peterson, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1936 Robert Maclennan, British MP
  • 1937 Peter Pike, MP
  • 1937 Sombat Metanee, Thai film actor
  • 1937 Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1938 Neil Abercrombie, (Rep-D-Hawaii, 1986-88)
  • 1938 Gerald North, American climatologist
  • 1939 Ansar Ilgamovich Sharafutdinov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1939 Charles "Chuck" Robb, (Sen-D-Va)/husband of Lynda Bird Johnson
  • 1939 Smangaliso P Mkhatshwa, S Africa, sec-gen (Bishops' Conf 1983-88)
  • 1940 Billy Davis Jr, St Louis Mo, singer (5th Dimension-One Less Bell)
  • 1940 Robert Kramer, actor (A.K.)
  • 1941 Yves Beauchemin, Canadian novelist
  • 1942 Larry Taylor, Brooklyn, rocker (Canned Heat-On the Road Again)
  • 1942 Gilberto Gil, Brazilian singer and Minister of Culture
  • 1943 Georgie Fame, rock vocalist (Get Away, Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde)
  • 1943 Jean Knight, US singer (Mr Big Stuff)
  • 1943 John Allen Strang, composer
  • 1943 John Beasley, American actor
  • 1944 Ruth Kempson, linguist (SOAS)
  • 1945 Barry Schrader, composer
  • 1945 David Heyn, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman 1975 World Cup)
  • 1945 Malachi York, Nuwaubian leader
  • 1946 Clive Francis, London England, actor (Masada)
  • 1948 Allen Michael Doyle, Woonsocket RI, PGA golfer (1991 Memorial-64th)
  • 1951 Breyson Cooper, jockey
  • 1951 Gary Gilmour, cricketer (exciting Aussie all-rounder 1973-77)
  • 1951 Pamela Bellwood, [King], NYC, actress (Ellen-W.E.B., Claudia-Dynasty)
  • 1951 Rindy Ross, Portland Oregon, rock vocalist/saxophonist (Quarterflash)
  • 1952 Gordon McQueen, soccer player
  • 1953 James Anderson, writer
  • 1953 Ralph Ezell, Union Miss, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)
  • 1954 Robert Davi, Astoria NY, opera singer/actor (Gangster Chronicles)
  • 1955 Mary Margaret Brownie, RI, fictional ID of Prymaat (Coneheads)
  • 1955 Mick Jones, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
  • 1956 Azhar Cachalia, Scottish/S Afr leader (United Democratic Front)
  • 1956 Bernard A Harris Jr, Temple Texas, MD/Astronaut (STS 55, 63)
  • 1956 Chris Isaak, Stockton Ca, rock singer/songwriter (Wicked Game)
  • 1956 Robert Davi, actor (License to Kill, Raw Deal, Wild Thing)
  • 1957 Patty Smyth, NYC, rock vocalist (Scandal-Warrior)
  • 1957 Philippe Couillard, Quebec neurosurgeon and politician
  • 1958 Glen Stewart Godwin, Miami Fla, murderer (FBI Most Wanted)
  • 1959 Mark McKinney, Canadian actor
  • 1960 Barbara Edwards, Albuqueque NM, playmate of year (Sept, 1983)/actress
  • 1960 Jumpy Geathers, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
  • 1960 Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist
  • 1961 Greg LeMond, US bicyclist (Tour de France winner-1986, 1989, 1990)
  • 1962 George P N earl of St Andrews, under English prince Edward
  • 1962 Jerome Kersey, NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Sea Supersonics)
  • 1963 Harriet Wheeler, English pop singer/composer (The Sundays)
  • 1963 Wendy Lucero-Schayes, Denver Co, US diver (Olympic-92)
  • 1963 Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, Russian businessman
  • 1963 Richard Garfield, American game designer
  • 1964 Alison Wyeth, Isle West Middlesex England, 1.5k/5k runner
  • 1964 Pamela Wright, Scotland, LPGA golfer (1995 Jamie Farr Toledo-3rd)
  • 1964 Zeng Jinlian, Hunan China, became tallest woman known (2.46 m, 8'1")
  • 1966 Bryan Webb, horse trainer
  • 1966 Kirk McLean, Toronto, NHL goalie (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1966 Paul Mokha, Erie Pa, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1967 Travis Fine, Atlanta GA, actor (Ike McSwain-Young Riders)
  • 1968 Shannon Sharpe, NFL tight end (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
  • 1968 Paolo Maldini, Italian footballer
  • 1969 Barry Kloeth, WLAF wide receiver (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1969 Harry Boatswain, NFL tackle (Phila Eagles)
  • 1969 Michael Myers, Cook County IL, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1969 Troy Auzenne, NFL tackle (Chic Bears)
  • 1969 Ingrid Lempereur, Belgian swimmer
  • 1970 Chris O'Donnell, actor (School Ties, Robin-Batman Forever)
  • 1970 Nicole Richardson, Australian softball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1970 Paul Thomas Anderson, American filmmaker
  • 1970 Irv Gotti, American record producer
  • 1970 Matt Letscher, American actor
  • 1970 Nick Offerman, American actor
  • 1971 Carlton Gray, NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 Eddie Parenti, Montreal Quebec, 100m butterfly swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Max Biaggi, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1972 Jai Taurima, Australian long jumper (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Jerris McPhail, running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972 Garou, Canadian singer
  • 1973 Aaron Jackson, Pitts Pa, actor (Mark Winkle-Calif Dreams)
  • 1973 Mischa Smoking, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • 1973 Reggie Brown, NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Gretchen Wilson, American singer
  • 1973 Paweł Małaszyński, Polish actor
  • 1973 Jussi Sydänmaa, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • 1974 Derek Jeter, Pequanock NJ, shortstop (NY Yankees, Rookie of Year 1996)
  • 1974 Dieter Kalt, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1974 Jason Kendall, San Diego CA, catcher (Pitts Pirates)
  • 1974 Matt Striker, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Jeff Frankenstein, American musician (Newsboys)
  • 1974 Nicole Saba, Lebanese singer
  • 1975 Umeki Webb, WNBA guard/forward (Phoenix Mercury)
  • 1975 Jonah Sorrentino, American hip hop artist
  • 1975 Terry Skiverton, English football player
  • 1976 Ed Jovanoski, Windsor Ont, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1976 Mpumelo Mbangwa, cricketer (Zimbabwe pace bowler v Pakistan 1996)
  • 1976 Chad Pennington, American football player
  • 1976 Joe Landon, American pornographic actor
  • 1977 Kubo Tite, Japanese cartoonist
  • 1977 Mark Jindrak,American Professional Wrestler
  • 1978 Alexandra, French singer, L5's singer
  • 1979 Ryo Fukuda, Japanese racing driver
  • 1979 Wálter Herrmann, Argentinian basketball player
  • 1979 Andy O'Brien, English footballer
  • 1980 Jason Schwartzman, American actor
  • 1980 Michael Vick, American football player
  • 1980 Chris Shelton, American baseball player
  • 1980 Sinik, French singer and rapper
  • 1984 Elijah Dukes, American baseball player
  • 1984 Raymond Felton, American basketball player
  • 1984 Deron Williams, American basketball player
  • 1984 Jose Juan Barea, American basketball player
  • 1985 Urgyen Trinley Dorje, Tibetan spiritual leader
  • 1986 Drake Bell, American actor, musician
  • 1986 Casey Desmond, American singer
  • 1987 Carlos Iaconelli, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1987 Samir Nasri, French footballer
  • 1992 Jennette McCurdy, American actress
  • 2005 Princess Alexia of the Netherlands

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