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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
Birth Records Statistics
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 September 22

  • 130 Claudius Galenus, Italian physician/scholar
  • 1290 Bilbo Baggins, (in Shire Reconning)
  • 1515 Anna van Kleef, queen of England/4th wife of Henry VIII
  • 1547 Philipp Nikodemus Frischlin, German philologist and poet (d. 1590)
  • 1601 Anna van Oostenrijk, queen of France/daughter of Philip III
  • 1606 Li Zicheng, Chinese rebel (d. 1645)
  • 1680 Barthold Heinrich Brockes, German poet (d. 1747)
  • 1694 Lord Chesterfield, letter writer; introduced Gregorian calendar (1752)
  • 1715 Jean-Étienne Guettard, French physician and scientist (d. 1786)
  • 1717 Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, Swedish astronomer (d. 1783)
  • 1720 Adolph Carl Kunzen, composer
  • 1722 John Home, Scottish writer (d. 1808)
  • 1729 George Wilhelm Gruber, composer
  • 1733 Anton Filtz, composer
  • 1738 Dionysius G Van de Keessel, lawyer (Theses Selectae)
  • 1741 Peter S Pallas, German geologist/zoologist (Siberia/Krim)
  • 1743 Quintin Craufurd, British author (d. 1819)
  • 1757 Herman H Vitringa, politician (National Meetings)
  • 1765 Paolo Ruffini, Italian mathematician (d. 1822)
  • 1788 Theodore Edward Hook, English author (d. 1841)
  • 1791 Michael Faraday, discovered principle of electric motor
  • 1796 Ret Cornelius Kinchiloe Stribling, Comm (Union Navy), died in 1880
  • 1819 Wilhelm Wattenbach, German historian (d. 1897)
  • 1822 Brig Gen Eppa Hunton, fought in most ANV campaigns
  • 1827 John Grubb Parke, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1900
  • 1829 William Worth Belknap, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1829 Tự Đức, Emperor of Vietnam (d. 1883)
  • 1833 Stephen Dill Lee, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1908
  • 1849 John Godden, English explorer (Curacao)
  • 1860 Heinrich Reitsch, composer
  • 1864 Louis Van Deyssel, writer (Small Republic, One Love)
  • 1870 Arthur Willard Pryor, composer
  • 1872 Luis Villalba Munoz, composer
  • 1875 Mikolajus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, composer
  • 1876 André Tardieu, Prime Minister of France (d. 1945)
  • 1878 Shigeru Yoshida, Japanese PM (most of 1946-54)
  • 1880 Asser B Kleerekoper, journalist/2nd-Member of parliament (SDAP)
  • 1880 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, English suffragist (d. 1958)
  • 1882 Emil Abranyi, composer
  • 1882 Wilhelm Keitel, German fieldmarshal
  • 1883 Robert Franz Richard Hernried, composer
  • 1884 Minerva Urecal, CA, actress (Accent on Love, Crazy Knights)
  • 1885 Erich von Stroheim, early film director/actor (Grand Illusion)
  • 1885 Gunnar Asplund, Swedish architect (d. 1940)
  • 1885 Ben Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1951)
  • 1887 Hobart Cavanaugh, US, actor (Border Town, Black Angel)
  • 1888 Sophia J W "Sophie" Hermse, actress (Vorstenschool)
  • 1889 Hooks Dauss, American baseball player (d. 1963)
  • 1890 Ferdinand Gonseth, Swiss mathematician/philosopher
  • 1891 Jacob H "Jaap" Stotijn, oboist/conductor (Residence Orch)
  • 1892 Billy West, Russia, actor (Further Perils of Laurel & Hardy)
  • 1892 Frank Sullivan, humorist (NYer Magazine)
  • 1892 Hans Albers, Hamburg Germany, actor (Blue Angel)
  • 1894 Hieronim Feicht, composer
  • 1894 Johnnie Gough, Boston MA, actor (Smooth as Satin, Circus Kid)
  • 1895 Babette Deutsch, US poet (Animal vegetable mineral)
  • 1895 Paul Muni, actor (Acad Award 1936-Angel on My Shoulder, Juarez)
  • 1896 Henry Segrave, British racing driver (d. 1930)
  • 1898 Katherine Alexander, American actress (d. 1981)
  • 1900 William Spratling, American silversmith (d. 1967)
  • 1900 Paul H. Emmett, American chemical engineer (d. 1985)
  • 1901 Allan "Rocky" Lane, Mishawaka Ind, actor (voice of Mr Ed, Red Ryder)
  • 1901 Charles Huggins, surgeon/medical researcher
  • 1902 F R Boschvogel, [French LJ Ramon], Flemish writer (War of Worlds)
  • 1902 John Houseman, Bucharest Romania, actor (Kingsfield-Paper Chase)
  • 1903 Joseph Valachi, American gangster (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Ellen Church, American stewardess (d. 1965)
  • 1905 Eugen Sänger, Austrian aerospace engineer (d. 1964)
  • 1906 Phyllis Hartnoll, writer/editor
  • 1907 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (d. 1981)
  • 1909 David Riesman, US sociologist (Lonely Crowd)
  • 1910 Klement Slavicky, composer
  • 1912 Alfred G Vanderbilt, thoroughbred horse owner (Native Dancer)
  • 1912 Martha Scott, American actress (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Leroy Holmes, Pittsburgh Pa, orch leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57)
  • 1914 Martha Scott, Jamesport Mo, actress (Dallas, Bionic Woman, Our Town)
  • 1915 Arthur Lowe, Hayfield England, actor (Captain Mainwaring-Dad's Army)
  • 1917 Peter Adams, LA CA, actor (Alternative)
  • 1918 Archibald James Potter, composer
  • 1918 Hans Scholl, German resistance fighter (Die Weisse Rose)
  • 1918 Henryk Szeryng, Zelazowa Wola Poland, violinist (Brahms Concerto)
  • 1919 Jack Russell, Saratoga Springs NY, singer (Your Show of Shows)
  • 1920 Bob Lemon, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)/manager (NY Yankees, 1978)
  • 1920 Ismay Thomas, teacher
  • 1920 Bob Lemon, American baseball player (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Anders Lassen, Danish military officer (d. 1945)
  • 1922 Chen Ning Yang, China, US physicist/disproved parity (Nobel 1957)
  • 1923 Dannie Abse, Welsh poet and writer
  • 1924 Abdulrahman Mohamed Babu, politician
  • 1924 Norvel la Follette Ray Lee, lt-HW boxer (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1924 Sieto Hoving, actor (Holiday in Havana, Palm Beach Story)
  • 1924 Charles Keeping, British illustrator (d. 1988)
  • 1924 Rosamunde Pilcher, English novelist
  • 1925 Virginia Capers, Sumter SC, actress (White Mama, Original Intent)
  • 1926 William O Smith, composer
  • 1927 Eligio [Kika] De La Garza, (Rep-D-Texas, 1965- )
  • 1927 Tom Lasorda, baseball manager (LA Dodgers)
  • 1927 Gordon Astall, English footballer
  • 1928 Eugene Roche, Boston MA, actor (Foul Play, Slaughterhouse Five)
  • 1928 Eric Broadley, MBE, British automotive engineer (Lola Cars)
  • 1929 Serge Garant, composer
  • 1929 William E Dannemeyer, (Rep-R-CA, 1979- )
  • 1930 Antonio Saura, Spanish painter
  • 1930 Roger Durham Hannay, composer
  • 1931 Fay Weldon, British feminist
  • 1931 George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, British politician (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Manzoor Ahmad, Pakistani philosopher
  • 1932 Ingemar Johansson, Sweden, world heavyweight boxing champ (1952)
  • 1933 Leonardo Balada, composer
  • 1934 Lute Olson, American basketball coach
  • 1935 Harriet King, US, fencing (Olympic-1972)
  • 1936 Art Metrano, Bkln NY, comedian (Amy Prentiss, Joanie Loves Chachi)
  • 1936 Maurice Evans, English footballer and manager (d. 2000)
  • 1938 Gene Mingo, American football player
  • 1939 Junko Tabei, Japan, 1st woman to climb Mount Everest
  • 1939 Mike Sullivan, (Gov-Wyoming)
  • 1939 Timothy E Wirth, (Rep-D-CO, 1975- )
  • 1939 Gilbert E. Patterson, American minister and presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ (d. 2007)
  • 1940 Anna Karina, Copenhagen Denmark, actress (Alphaville)
  • 1940 Edward Boguslawski, composer
  • 1941 Jeremiah Wright, American pastor
  • 1942 David J Stern, NBA commissioner (1984- )
  • 1942 Dick Pickering, trade unionist
  • 1942 William C Nelson, rep/astronaut (STS 24)
  • 1943 Toni Basil, American singer
  • 1944 John Tanner, (Rep-D-Tennessee)
  • 1946 Daniel E "Dan" Lungren, (Rep-R-Calif, 1979-88)
  • 1946 King Sunny Ade, Nigerian singer
  • 1946 Dan Baker, American public address announcer
  • 1947 Robert Morace, American writer
  • 1948 Bill Orton, (Rep-D-Utah)
  • 1948 Mark A P Phillips, British ex of princess Anne
  • 1948 Denis Burke, Australian politician
  • 1948 Jim Byrnes, American actor and musician
  • 1949 David Coverdale, England, rock vocalist (Whitesnake, Deep Purple)
  • 1949 Harold Carmichael, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1949 Jim Keith, American conspiracy theorist and author (d. 1999)
  • 1949 Jim McGinty, Australian politician
  • 1950 Meryl Streep, actress (Silkwood)
  • 1950 Kirka, Finnish singer (d. 2007)
  • 1951 David Coverdale, English singer
  • 1952 Paul LeMat, Rahway NJ, actor (Fuirehouse, Hanoi Hilton, PK & the Kid)
  • 1952 Robert W Goodlatte, (Rep-R-Virginia)
  • 1952 Paul Le Mat, American actor
  • 1952 Gary Holton, English actor and musician (d. 1985)
  • 1953 Ségolène Royal, French politician
  • 1953 Geoff Gilpin, American author
  • 1954 Shari Belafonte Harper, NYC, actress (Julie-Hotel)
  • 1954 Randy Lanier, American racing driver
  • 1955 Jerry Anderson, Montreal, Canadian Tour golfer (Quebec Open-1982, 83)
  • 1955 Jeffrey Leonard, Major League baseball player
  • 1956 Debby Boone, Hackensack NJ, singer (You Light Up My Life)
  • 1956 Masayuki Suzuki, Japanese singer (Rats & Star)
  • 1957 Johnette Napolitano, rocker (Concrete Blonde)
  • 1957 Lynn Herring, Enid Oklahoma, actress (Lucy Coe-General Hospital)
  • 1957 Mark Johnson, Madison WI, NHL forward (Olympic-gold-1980, Pitts, NJ)
  • 1957 Nick Cave, Australian singer/songwriter (Bath Seeds-Murder Ballads)
  • 1957 Pete Jones, rocker
  • 1957 Philip Arnold Blackmar, San Diego CA, PGA golfer (1988 Provident)
  • 1957 Giuseppe Saronni, Italian cyclist
  • 1958 Vasili Yuriyevich Lukiyanyuk, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1958 Andrea Bocelli, Italian tenor
  • 1958 Neil Cavuto, American television commentator
  • 1959 Greg Bruckner, Inglewood CA, Nike golfer (1992 New England Classic)
  • 1959 Pope Michael, American anti-pope
  • 1960 Joan Jett, Phila, singer (Blackhearts-I Love Rock 'n Roll)
  • 1960 Scott Baio, Bkln, (Joanie Loves Chachi, Charles in Charge, Zapped)
  • 1960 Victor Stevenson, CFL tackle (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1961 Catherine Oxenberg, NYC, princess/actress (Dynasty, Overexposed)
  • 1961 Dot Richardson, Orlando Fla, softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1961 Eric Stoltz, American Samoa, actor (Mask)
  • 1961 Vince Coleman, American baseball player
  • 1961 Dr. Liam Fox, British Conservative politician
  • 1961 Bonnie Hunt, American actress
  • 1962 Rob Stone, Chicago Ill, actor (Kevin-Mr Belvedere)
  • 1962 Diogo Mainardi, Brazilian writer
  • 1963 Michele Berteotti, LPGA golfer
  • 1963 Missie Berteotti, Pittsburgh PA, LPGA golfer (1993 PING/Welch's Champ)
  • 1964 Bonnie Hunt, actress/comedian (Jumanji, Jerry Maguire)
  • 1964 Marq Torien, rocker (Bullet Boys-For Love of Money)
  • 1964 Randy Lanier, American car racer, marijuana smuggler and convicted felon
  • 1965 Mark Guthrie, Buffalo NY, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • 1965 Andy Cairns, Irish musician
  • 1966 Mike Richter, Abington PA, NHL goalie (NY Rangers, Team USA 1998)
  • 1966 Moustafa Amar, Egyptian singer
  • 1966 Stefan Rehn, Swedish footballer
  • 1967 Elfrid Payton, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1967 Harald Hasselbach, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1967 Matt Howard, Fall River MA, infielder (NY Yankees)
  • 1967 Matt Besser, American comedian
  • 1967 Félix Savón, Cuban boxer
  • 1967 Kim Watkins, Australian television presenter
  • 1968 Godfrey Myles, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1968 Lisa Alexander, Toronto Ontario, synchro swimmer (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1969 Marian Chlad, soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1969 Melissa Lynn Costello, Shenandoah WV, Miss WV-America (1991)
  • 1969 Nicole Bradtke, Melbourne Australia, tennis star (1995 Auckland)
  • 1969 Matt Sharp, American musician (Weezer, The Rentals)
  • 1970 Eric L Blount, CFL running back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1970 Greg Huntington, NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 Mike Matheny, Columbus OH, catcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1970 Prince Wimbley, CFL slot back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1970 Mystikal, American rapper
  • 1970 Rupert Penry-Jones, English actor
  • 1970 Emmanuel Petit, French footballer
  • 1971 Chesney Lee Haskes, England, singer (Feels So Alive)
  • 1971 Christian Fauria, NFL tight end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1971 Ian Van Der Wal, Darwin Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Princess Märtha Louise of Norway
  • 1972 Nate Dingle, NFL linebacker (Phila Eagles)
  • 1972 Dana Vespoli, American porn actress
  • 1974 Gary Trent, NBA forward (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1974 Yoo Chae-yeong, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1975 Ethan Moreau, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1975 Svilen Noev, Bulgarian singer-songwriter
  • 1976 "Ronaldo" de Lima, Brazilian soccer player (Cruzeiros/PSV)
  • 1976 Karita Tuomola, Miss Finland Universe (1997)
  • 1977 Paul Sculthorpe, English rugby league footballer
  • 1978 Ed Joyce, Irish-English cricketer
  • 1978 Harry Kewell, Australian soccer player
  • 1979 Emilie Autumn, American singer, violinist, and harpsichordist
  • 1979 Michael Graziadei, American actor
  • 1980 Fernanda Tavares, Brazilian supermodel
  • 1981 Ashley Drane, American actress
  • 1981 Adam Lazzara, American singer (Taking Back Sunday)
  • 1981 Subaru Shibutani, Japanese singer, dancer, actor (Kanjani8)
  • 1982 Mandy Chiang, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1982 Kosuke Kitajima, Japanese swimmer
  • 1982 Billie Piper, English singer and actress
  • 1984 Eduardo Rubio, Mexican pilot and pianist
  • 1984 Theresa Fu, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1984 Ross Jarman, Drummer The Cribs
  • 1984 Laura Vandervoort, Canadian actress
  • 1985 Faris Haroun, Belgian footballer
  • 1987 Tom Felton, English Actor
  • 1988 Bethany Dillon, American musician
  • 1995 Juliette Goglia, American actress
  • 2007 Albert Windsor, descendant of British monarch

Birth Records Search

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