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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%
Birth Records Statistics
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 November 21

  • 1495 John Bale, England, bishop/anti-catholic playwright (Kynge Johan)
  • 1561 Carolus Scribani, Italian/Flemish jesuit/author
  • 1567 Anne de Xainctonge, French saint (d. 1621)
  • 1637 Catharina Questiers, Dutch poetess (Friend of Abandoned Child)
  • 1645 Johann Lohner, composer
  • 1683 Johann Michael Muller, composer
  • 1692 Carlo Fragoni, Italy, poet
  • 1694 Voltaire, [Francois-Marie Arouet], France, writer, essayist, philosopher and playwright (Candide) (. 1778)
  • 1724 John Ekels, the Old, Amsterdam painter/cartoonist
  • 1729 Josiah Bartlett, US physician/judge/signer (Decl of Independence)
  • 1742 Alessandro Felici, composer
  • 1761 Dorothy Jordan, British actress (d. 1816)
  • 1768 Friedrich Schleiermacher, German theologist/philosopher
  • 1785 William Beaumont, surgeon (studied digestion)
  • 1787 Samuel Cunard, founder (1st regular Atlantic steamship line)
  • 1811 Zeng Guofan, Chinese military (d. 1872)
  • 1817 Richard Brooke Garnett, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1863
  • 1828 William McComb, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1918
  • 1829 Peter A de Genestet, Dutch vicar/poet
  • 1831 John Franklin Miller, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1886
  • 1834 Henrietta (Hetty) Green, financier (Witch of Wall Street)
  • 1834 Joseph Jackson Bartlett, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1893
  • 1840 Victoria, Empress of Germany/Queen of Prussia
  • 1851 Desire J Mercier, Belgian philosopher/cardinal
  • 1852 Francisco Tarrega y Eixea, composer
  • 1853 Hussain Kamil, sultan of Egypt (1914-17)
  • 1854 Benedict XV, [Giacomo PGB marques della Chiessa], 258th Pope (1914-22)
  • 1860 Tom Horn, American gunman (d. 1903)
  • 1861 Joao da Cruz, Brazilian poet
  • 1863 Arthur Quiller-Couch, [Q], editor (Oxford Book of English Verse)
  • 1863 Mina Dilis-Beersmans, Flemish actress/wife of John Dilis (Poppenhuis)
  • 1867 Vladimir N Ipatiev, Russian chemist
  • 1870 Joe Darling, cricketer (Australian lefty batsman at turn of century)
  • 1870 Stanley Jackson, cricketer (captain of England, governor of Bengal)
  • 1870 Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official (d. 1964)
  • 1871 Panayot Pipkov, composer
  • 1877 Louis Campbell-Tipton, composer
  • 1877 Sigfrid Karg-Elert, composer
  • 1878 Gustav Radbruch, German lawyer/minister of Justice
  • 1880 Franz Hessel, writer
  • 1886 Harold G Nicolson, English diplomat/author (Good Behaviour)
  • 1894 Corinne Griffith, Texarkana TX, actress (3 Hours, Lilies of Field)
  • 1897 Mollie Steimer anarchist agitator (d. 1980)
  • 1898 René Magritte, Belgian surrealistic painter (This is Not a Pipe)
  • 1900 Alice Calhoun, Cleveland OH, Silent film actress (Flowing Gold)
  • 1900 Jobyna Ralston, South Pittsburgh TN, actress (For Heaven's Sake)
  • 1902 Michail A Suslov, Russian party ideologist [OS=Nov 8]
  • 1902 Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio pioneer (d. 1985)
  • 1904 Coleman Hawkins, virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz
  • 1905 David Moule-Evans, composer
  • 1907 Charles Korvin, Czechoslovakia, actor (Berlin Express, Ship of Fools)
  • 1907 Jim Bishop, author (The Day Lincoln was Shot)
  • 1907 M Eleonore Lippits, 1st Dutch female missionary doctor
  • 1908 Elizabeth George Speare, American author (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Anne Bolt, photo-journalist/trade unionist
  • 1912 Eleanor Powell, Springfield Mass, actress/tap dancer (Bdwy Melody)
  • 1913 Roy Boulting, British film director (d. 2001)
  • 1916 Cecilia P J "Cilly" Bach, Dutch/US/Spanish actress (In Pyama)
  • 1916 Esmond Kentish, cricketer (WI fast bowler in 2 Tests 1948 & 1954)
  • 1916 Sid Luckman, NFL QB (Chicago Bears)
  • 1917 Sem Presser, Dutch press photographer
  • 1920 Ralph Meeker, Minneapolis MN, actor (Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker)
  • 1920 Stan Musial, outfielder (St Louis Cardinal, 7 times NL bat champ)
  • 1921 Geza Anda, Hungarian/Swiss pianist (Mozart/Bartok)
  • 1921 Vivian Blaine, Newark NJ, actress (Guys & Dolls, Skirts Ahoy)
  • 1922 Maria Casares, La Coruna Spain, French actress (Orpheus, Lectrice)
  • 1922 Abe Lemons, American basketball coach
  • 1924 Christopher Tolkien, British author
  • 1925 Johan "Poncke" Princen, KNIL-defector/civil rights in Djakarta
  • 1927 Joseph Campanella, NYC, actor (Dr Steffen-The Nurses, Lou-Mannix)
  • 1927 Georgia Frontiere, co-owner of the St. Louis Rams (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Marilyn French, US author (The Women's Room)
  • 1929 Laurier LaPierre, Canadian journalist, broadcaster and senator
  • 1931 Malcolm Williamson, composer
  • 1931 Revaz Dogonadze, Georgian scientist (d. 1985)
  • 1932 Jim Ringo, NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia)
  • 1932 Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, composer
  • 1933 Frank Brake, English multi-millionaire
  • 1933 Henry Hartsfield Jr, Birmingham Ala, astro (STS-4, STS 41-D, STS 61A)
  • 1933 Jean Shepard, Pauls Valley Okla, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
  • 1933 Joseph Campanella, American actor
  • 1934 Laurence Luckinbill, Ft Smith Ark, actor (Delphi Bureau, Ike)
  • 1934 Peter Philpott, cricketer (NSW & Australian leg spinner 1965-66)
  • 1935 Fairuz, Lebanese singer
  • 1936 James De Preist, Philadelphia Penn, conductor (Mitropolos 1964)
  • 1936 Victor Chang, Australian physician (d. 1986)
  • 1937 Marlo Thomas, [Mrs Phil Donahue], Detroit Mich (That Girl!, Jenny)
  • 1938 Robert Drivas, [Choromokos], Chicago, actor (Our Private World)
  • 1939 Rick Lenz, Springfield Ill, actor (Hec Ramsey, Scandalous John)
  • 1939 Budd Dwyer, American politician (d. 1987)
  • 1939 Mulayam Singh Yadav, Indian politician
  • 1940 Dr John, [Rebennack], New Orleans La, vocalist (I Was in Right Place)
  • 1940 Javed Akhtar, cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner took 0-52 in 1962 Test)
  • 1940 Natalia Makarova, Leningrad, ballerina (Kirov)/defected 1970
  • 1940 Dr. John, American musician
  • 1940 Richard Marcinko, American author
  • 1941 David Porter, US songwriter (Soul Man)
  • 1941 George Morren, Flemish painter/sculptor
  • 1941 Juliet Mills, London England, actress (Nanny & the Professor, QB VII)
  • 1941 İdil Biret, Turkish pianist
  • 1942 Tweety Bird, cartoon character
  • 1942 Afa Anoa'i, Samoan/American wrestler
  • 1942 Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, German politician
  • 1943 Larry Mahan, Oregon, rodeo champ (1967-70)
  • 1943 Phil Bredesen, American politician
  • 1943 Viktor Sidjak, Russian fencer
  • 1943 Jacques Laffite, French former racing driver
  • 1944 Earl "the Pearl" Monroe, Phila Pa, NBA Guard (NY Knicks, Balt Bullets)
  • 1944 Harold Ramis, Chicago IL, actor/director (SCTV, Stripes)
  • 1944 Marcia "Marcy" Carsey, TV executive/producer
  • 1944 Richard J Durbin, (Rep-D-IL, 1983- )
  • 1945 Goldie Hawn, Takoma Park Md, actress (Laugh-in, Private Benjamin)
  • 1946 Jonas Tomasson, composer
  • 1946 Jacky Lafon, Belgian actress
  • 1947 Dick W de Cloe, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1948 Alphonse Mouson, rocker
  • 1948 Lonnie Jordan, San Diego Ca, rock keyboardist/vocalist (War)
  • 1948 George Zimmer, American entrepreneur
  • 1948 Alphonse Mouzon, American jazzist
  • 1949 Basil Williams, cricketer (century on debut for West Indies 1978)
  • 1949 Nickolas Grace, Cheshire England, actor (Diamond's Edge)
  • 1950 Alberto Juantorena, Cuba, 400m dash (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1950 Bruce Laird, cricketer (tough Australian opener 1979-82)
  • 1950 Livingston Taylor, Boston, rocker (I Will be in Love With You)
  • 1950 Stephen Geyer, American film & television songwriter
  • 1952 Deborah Shelton, Wash DC, actress (Dallas, Ocean Kill, Body Double)
  • 1952 Eamonn Coghlan, Ireland, 1500m runner (Oly-4th-76)
  • 1952 Lorna Luft, Scarsdale NY, singer/actress (Where the Boys Are-1980)
  • 1953 Tina Brown, journalist publisher (New Yorker, Tattler)
  • 1954 Thomas Rothman, American film executive
  • 1955 Cedric Maxwell, American basketball player
  • 1956 Mariana Simionescu, Tirgu Neamt Romania, 1st wife of Bjorn Borg
  • 1956 Terri Welles, [Knepper], Calif, playmate of the year (Dec, 1980)
  • 1957 Jim Brown, rocker (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1958 Evert van Benthem, Dutch skater (11 Cities Skating Race, 1985, 86)
  • 1958 Frank Edmonds, Thunder Bay Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 Alberta)
  • 1958 Tim Robinson, cricketer (solid England opener in 29 Tests 1984-89)
  • 1959 Colin Beashel, Australian star yachter (Olympics-96)
  • 1959 Tim Wilkison, Shelby NC, tennis player (WCT Atlanta finals-1986)
  • 1962 Steven Curtis Chapman, American musician
  • 1962 Sabine Busch, German athlete
  • 1963 Nicollette Sheridan, Worthing England, actress (Paige-Knots Landing)
  • 1963 Peter Bosz, Dutch soccer star (Toulon/Feyenoord)
  • 1964 Marjorie Judith Vincent, Oak Park Ill, Miss America (1991)
  • 1964 Olden Polynice, NBA forward/center (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1964 Thomas Everett, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1964 Liza Tarbuck, British entertainer
  • 1965 Bjork, Iceland, singer (Like Someone in Love)
  • 1965 Alexander Siddig, British actor
  • 1966 Jerry Fontenot, NFL center/guard (Chic Bears, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1966 Troy Aikman, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys - Superbowl 1992)
  • 1967 Dominic Lavoie, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1967 Kelly Gallagher, Myrtle Beach SC, playmate (Sep, 1994)
  • 1967 Tripp Cromer, American baseball player
  • 1967 Toshihiko Koga, Japanese Judoka
  • 1968 Andy Caddick, English cricket pace bowler (NZ 1993)
  • 1968 Antonio Tarver, Orlando Fla, light heavyweight boxer (Olympics-br-96)
  • 1968 Alex James, English bassist
  • 1968 Christopher Noxon, American journalist
  • 1969 Dahlia Salem, Boston Mass, actress (Sofia Carlino-Another World)
  • 1969 Ken Griffy Jr, centerfielder (Seattle Mariners, MVP 1997)
  • 1969 Ken Griffey, Jr., American baseball player
  • 1970 Dahlia Salem, actress (Sofia Carlino-Another World) [approx 1970]
  • 1970 Jorgen Gustafsson, WLAF guard (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1970 Justin Langer, cricketer (gutsy Australian lefty bat 1993- )
  • 1970 Keith Crawford, wide receiver (St Louis Rams)
  • 1971 Michael Strahan, NFL defensive end (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Ramondo Stallings, NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1971 Robert Flickinger, WLAF defensive end (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1972 Rain Phoenix, American singer/actress
  • 1972 David Tua, Samoan boxer
  • 1973 Brent Smith, tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973 Danny Kanell, quarterback (NY Giants)
  • 1973 Brook Kerr, American actress
  • 1973 Inés Sastre, Spanish model and actress
  • 1974 Casey Patton, London Ontario, boxer (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Tremain Mack, strong safety (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1975 Chad Levitt, running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1975 Cherie Johnson, Pitts Pa, actress (Cherie-Punky Brewster)
  • 1975 Chris Moneymaker, American poker player
  • 1976 Saleem Elahi, cricketer (bro of Manzoor Pak, Test opener v Aust 1995)
  • 1976 Dasha, Czech adult actress
  • 1976 Martin Meichelbeck, German footballer
  • 1976 Daniel Whiston, British ice skater
  • 1977 Bruno Berner, Swiss footballer
  • 1977 Myles Heskett, Australian musician (Wolfmother)
  • 1977 Jonas Jennings, American football player
  • 1977 Tobias Sammet, German singer (Edguy)
  • 1977 Yolande James, Quebec politician
  • 1978 Lucía Jiménez, Spanish actress
  • 1978 Sara Tanaka, American actress
  • 1979 Vincenzo Iaquinta, Italian footballer
  • 1979 Stromile Swift, American basketball player
  • 1979 Alex Tanguay, Canadian hockey player
  • 1979 Kim Dong Wan, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • 1980 Danielle Hartsell, Ann Arbor Mich, pairs skater (& Steve Hartsell)
  • 1980 Leonardo González, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1980 Hank Blalock, American baseball player
  • 1980 Alec Brownstein, American author, director
  • 1980 Elaine Yiu, Hong Kong Actress
  • 1981 Wesley Britt, American football player
  • 1981 Piet Rinke, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1981 Jonny Magallón, Mexican footballer
  • 1982 Georgios Kalogiannidis, Greek archer
  • 1982 Ryan Starr, American singer
  • 1983 Jamie Langley, English rugby player
  • 1984 Álvaro Bautista, Spanish motorcycle racer
  • 1984 Jena Malone, American Actress
  • 1985 Jesús Navas, Spanish footballer
  • 1987 Brian Douwes, Dutch kickboxer and martial artist

Birth Records Search

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