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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 April 18

  • 1480 Lucretia Borgia, murderess (poison)/daughter (Pope Alexander VI)
  • 1521 Francois de Coligny, ruler of van Andelot, French general (Jarnac)
  • 1580 Thomas Middleton, English playwright (Game of Chess)
  • 1590 Ahmed I, 14th sultan of Turkey (1603-17)
  • 1590 Ahmed I, Ottoman Emperor (d. 1617)
  • 1605 Giacomo Carissimi, composer
  • 1729 Gaetano B Vestris, Italian/French ballet dancer
  • 1732 George Colman, "the Elder
  • 1740 Francis Baring, banker/merchant
  • 1744 Pieter 't Hoen, Dutch journalist/patriot
  • 1759 Jacques-Christian-Michel Widerkehr, composer
  • 1764 Bernhard Anselm Weber, pianist/conductor/composer
  • 1771 Karl Philipp Fürst zu Schwarzenberg, Austrian field marshal (d. 1820)
  • 1777 Ignac Ruzitska, composer
  • 1786 Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, composer
  • 1797 Louis-Adolphe Thiers, president of France
  • 1803 Charles F Pahud de Montagnes, gov-gen of Neth East Indies (1856-61)
  • 1806 Ludwig Schuberth, composer
  • 1813 James McCune Smith, African-American doctor and abolitionist (d. 1865)
  • 1817 George Henry Lewes, English philosophical writer (Life of Goethe)
  • 1819 Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Cuban Revolutionary (d. 1874)
  • 1819 Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer (d. 1895)
  • 1838 Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, French scientist (d. 1912)
  • 1839 Frantz Jehin-Prume, composer
  • 1839 Henry Clarence Kendall, New South Wales Australia, poet (Bell Birds)
  • 1842 Antero Tarquinio de Quental, Portugal, poet (Beatrice)
  • 1845 Wilhelm Gericke, composer
  • 1852 George Clausen, painter
  • 1855 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Jan Steen)
  • 1855 Josef Gruber, composer
  • 1857 Clarence S Darrow, defense attorney at Scopes monkey trial
  • 1859 Eduard G H H Cuypers, architect (Sanatorium High-Laren)
  • 1863 Felix Blumenfeld, composer
  • 1864 Richard Harding Davis, US, journalist/author (In The Fig)
  • 1868 Didericus G van Epen, genealogist (Dutch Patriciate)
  • 1871 Henry Stephenson, Brit WI, actor (Conquest, Little Old NY, Mr Lucky)
  • 1873 Jean Roger-Ducasse, composer
  • 1874 Oskar Ernst Bernhardt, German author (d. 1941)
  • 1875 Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic, Croatian writer (d. 1938)
  • 1877 Vicente Sotto, Filipino patriot, author (d. 1950)
  • 1880 Sam Crawford, baseball player (d. 1968)
  • 1881 Hermann KJ Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Dr Eisenbart)
  • 1881 Max Weber, Polish/Russian/US painter
  • 1882 Leopold Stokowski, London England, conductor (Cincinnati Symphony)
  • 1884 Magda Janssens, Flemish/Neth actress/acting teacher (Maria Stuart)
  • 1888 Arnold Henry Moore Lunn, skier
  • 1888 Duffy Lewis, American baseball player (d. 1979)
  • 1889 Jessie Street, Austrialian pro womans/aborigine rights fighter
  • 1889 John Kilbane, US, featherweight boxing champ (1912-23)
  • 1890 James Rennie, Toronto Ontario, actor (Lash, Little Damozel)
  • 1893 Violette Morris, French athlete (d. 1944)
  • 1895 Anton F Pieck, Dutch illustrator (Efteling, Kaatsheuvel) [or April 19]
  • 1896 C Eugene Wegmann, Swiss geologist (Le Jura plisse)
  • 1897 Pedro Regas, actor (Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour) [or Apr 12]
  • 1897 Ardito Desio, Italian topographer (d. 2001)
  • 1898 Lord Leatherland, British journalist/Labour peer
  • 1900 Louise Tazewell, [Louise Skiller Tazewell], entertainer
  • 1901 Al Lewis, American lyricist (d. 1967)
  • 1902 Giuseppe Pella, Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1981)
  • 1903 Leonid Kinskey, St Petersburg Russia, actor (Casablanca)
  • 1903 Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, composer
  • 1904 Pigmeat Markham, American comedian (d. 1981)
  • 1905 George H. Hitchings, American scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1906 Clara Eggink, [Ebbele], Dutch poetess (Life with JC Bloem)
  • 1906 Edgar Unsworth, Justice of Appeals (Gibralter)
  • 1907 Miklos Rozsa, Budapest Hungary, movie composer (Atomic Cafe, Fedora)
  • 1907 Stephen Longstreet, American writer (All or Nothing)
  • 1908 Edward Roberts, bishop (Ely)
  • 1908 Henry Guinness, missionary
  • 1908 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festspiele)
  • 1910 Jamie L Whitten, (Rep-D-MS, 1941- )
  • 1910 Sylvia Fisher, soprano (Albert Herring Opera)
  • 1911 Francis Frederick Johnson, architect
  • 1911 George Huntington Hartford II, NYC, heir (A&P)
  • 1912 John Lapworth Holt, boat Designer
  • 1912 Wendy Barrie, Hong Kong, hostess (Wendy Barrie Show)
  • 1913 Al Hodge, actor (Capt Video)
  • 1913 Kent Wheeler Kennan, composer
  • 1913 Milos Sokola, composer
  • 1913 Susan Bosence, textile designer
  • 1914 C S Nayudu, cricketer (brother of C K, 11 Tests as leggie)
  • 1914 Henk Lankhorst, pacifist/Dutch MP (PSP)
  • 1915 Joy Gresham Lewis, American writer, wife of C. S. Lewis (d. 1960)
  • 1917 Louise Frederika, Queen of Greece
  • 1917 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (d. 1947)
  • 1918 Robert Zimonyi, Hungary, cox (Olympic-Hungary-bronze-1948/US-gold-64)
  • 1918 Roger de Grey, president (Royal Academy)
  • 1918 Tony Mottola, Kearney NJ, guitarist/host (Melody Street)
  • 1918 Cliff Hillegass, American publisher (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Virginia O'Brien, American singer and actress (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Walter Clegg, MP
  • 1921 Barbara Hale, Dekalb Ill, actress (Della Street-Perry Mason)
  • 1922 Avril Angers, actress (Brass Monkey)
  • 1923 Baroness Platt of Writtle, British CEO (Equal Opportunities Comm)
  • 1923 Leif Panduro, Danish writer ('k Have varnish on traditions)
  • 1924 Buxton Daeblite Orr, composer
  • 1924 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Vinton La, blues singer (Mary is Fine)
  • 1924 Henry J Hyde, (Rep-R-IL)
  • 1924 Lord Mason of Barnsley, MP (Lab)/British defense secretary
  • 1924 Raf de Linde, [Raphael van Hecke], author (Vaarwel on Gertrude)
  • 1925 Bob Hastings, Bkln NY, actor (McHale's Navy, All in the Family)
  • 1925 Lionel Edmund "Sonny" Taylor, musician
  • 1925 Robert Caldwell Crawford, composer
  • 1926 Doug Insole, cricketer (England batsman of the 50's, nine Tests)
  • 1926 Gunter Meisner, Germany, actor (Between Wars, Quiller Memorandum)
  • 1927 Jim De Courcy, cricketer (in Newcastle Australian batsman 1953)
  • 1927 Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist
  • 1928 Jean-Francois Pailliard, Vitry-le-Francois France, conductor
  • 1929 Peter Hordern, British CEO (Fina)
  • 1929 Peter Jeffrey, actor (Dr Phibes Rides Again, Twinsanity)
  • 1930 Clive Revill, Wellington NZ, actor (Legend of Hell House)
  • 1931 Klas Lestander, Sweden, 20K biathlon (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1932 Dominic Milroy, OSB/headmaster (Ampleforth College England)
  • 1933 Alan Devereux, CEO (Scottish Tourist Board)
  • 1934 Jaap F Scherpenhuizen, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1934 James Drury, NYC, actor (Virginian)
  • 1934 Jan Klusak, composer
  • 1934 Jap F Scherpenhuizen, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1934 Mark Kingston, actor (Intimate Contact)
  • 1934 George Shirley, American tenor
  • 1935 Joel Hefley, (Rep-R-Colorado)
  • 1935 Paul A Rothchild, record producer
  • 1936 Brian Fuller, commandant (Fire Service College, England)
  • 1936 Harold Innocent, [HS Harrison], English actor (Tall Guy)
  • 1936 Madeleine Gillian Jinkinson, medical administrator
  • 1937 Robert Hooks, Wash DC, actor (Fast Walking, Aaron Loves Angela)
  • 1937 Tatyana Shchelkanova, USSR, long jumper (Olympic-bronze-1964)
  • 1937 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin
  • 1938 Andreas J "Cat" Liebenberg, supreme commander (S Afr army)
  • 1939 Glen Hardin, rocker
  • 1939 Von McDaniel, baseball player
  • 1939 Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • 1939 Thomas J. Moyer, American judge
  • 1940 Ed Garvey, labor leader (Major League Baseball Players Assn)
  • 1940 Ira von Furstenberg, [Virginia Caroline] Rome Italy, Princess (Monaco)
  • 1940 Joseph L Goldstein, Sumter SC, physician (Nobel-1985)
  • 1940 Skip Stephenson, Omaha Neb, comedian (Real People)
  • 1941 Mike Vickers, rock guitarist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn)
  • 1942 Dick K J Tommel, chemist/(D66) Dutch Asst Sec of State (1994- )
  • 1942 Jochen Rindt, German race car driver
  • 1942 Steve Blass, American professional baseball player
  • 1944 Irvine Shillingford, cricketer (cousin of Grayson, 4 Tests for WI)
  • 1944 Rudy Shackelford, composer
  • 1945 Margaret Hassan, Irish-born aid worker (d. 2004)
  • 1946 Alexander "Skip" Spence, Canada, guitarist/vocalist (Moby Grape-Omaha)
  • 1946 Anne Boyd, composer
  • 1946 Harvey Kagan, rocker
  • 1946 Hayley Mills, London England, actress (Parent Trap, Pollyanna)
  • 1946 Lenny Baker, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • 1947 David Gee, director (Friends of the Earth)
  • 1947 Dorothy Lyman, Minneapolis Mn, (All my Children, Naomi-Mama's Family)
  • 1947 James Woods, Warwick RI, actor (Salvador, Against All Odds)
  • 1947 Lori Martin, Glendale Calif, actress (Velvet-National Velvet)
  • 1947 Kathy Acker, American author (d. 1997)
  • 1947 Herbert Mullin, American serial killer
  • 1948 "Tiny" Nate Archibald, NBA guard (Cincinnati)
  • 1948 Catherine Malfitano, NYC, soprano (Metropolitan Opera)
  • 1948 Skip Stephenson, Omaha Neb, comedian (Real People)
  • 1949 Geoff Bodine, American race car driver
  • 1950 Bill Sudderth III, trumpeteer (Atlantic Star-Touch 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1950 Kenny Ortega, American film and TV producer and choreographer
  • 1951 Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer
  • 1951 Pierre Pettigrew, Canadian politician
  • 1952 Jim Scholten, Midland Mich, country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad)
  • 1953 Rick Moranis, Toronto, (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs)
  • 1954 Kim Stone, bassist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • 1955 Amschel Rothschild, banker
  • 1955 Anne-Marie Palli, Ciboure France, LPGA golfer (1992 ShopRite)
  • 1956 David Wayne Edwards, Neosho MO, PGA golfer (1980 Walt Disney)
  • 1956 Eric Roberts, Miss, actor (Pope of Greenwich Village, King of Gypsies)
  • 1956 John James, Minneapolis Mn, actor (Jeff Colby-Dynasty)
  • 1956 Melody Thomas Scott, actress (Nikki-Young & Restless)
  • 1956 Anna Kathryn Holbrook, American actress
  • 1956 Poonam Dhillon, Indian actress
  • 1958 Bernadette Robi, model/ex-wife of football player Lynn Swann
  • 1958 Lee Pattinson, rock bassist (Echo & Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here)
  • 1958 Malcolm Marshall, cricketer (WI quickie 1978-91, WI top wicket-taker)
  • 1959 Jim Eisenreich, St Cloud MN, outfielder (Phila Phillies, Fla Marlins)
  • 1960 Ocl Sweda, rocker (Bulletboys)
  • 1961 Ian Doig, Seaforth Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1985 Florida Classic)
  • 1961 Jane Leeves, London, actress (Murphy Brown, Daphne Moon-Fraiser)
  • 1961 Jeff Cook, Muncie IN, Nike golfer (1990 Greater Ozarks Open)
  • 1961 Kelly Hansen, heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You)
  • 1961 Pamella Bordes, New Dehli India, Brit parliament prostitute
  • 1961 Steve Lombardi, American wrestler
  • 1962 Mick Sweda, heavy metal (Bulletboys, King Kobra-Ready to Strike)
  • 1962 Shirlie Hollman, rocker (Pepsi & Shirley-All Right Now)
  • 1962 Wilber Marshall, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • 1963 Conan Chris O'Brien, Brookline Mass, TV host (Late Night)
  • 1963 Phil Simmons, cricketer (West Indian opening batsman)
  • 1963 Eric McCormack, Canadian-American actor (Will and Grace)
  • 1964 Niall Ferguson, British historian
  • 1964 Rithy Panh, Cambodian film director
  • 1964 Jim Ellison, musician
  • 1964 Mark Berry, aka Bez, Dancer in Happy Mondays
  • 1965 Diana Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • 1965 Sylvia Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • 1965 Vicky Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • 1965 Rob Stenders, Dutch radio discjockey
  • 1966 Chuck Wade, Menomonee Falls Wisc, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1966 Michelle Chryst, WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz-17th-1994)
  • 1966 Valeri Kamensky, Voskresensk Rus, NHL left wing (Avalanche, Oly-S-98)
  • 1966 Trine Hattestad, Norwegian athlete
  • 1967 Jayce Fincher Jr, heavy metal bassist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • 1967 Kenneth Gant, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1967 Marcel Valk, soccer player (RKC, Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1967 Maria Bello, American actress
  • 1968 Christian Slater, actor (Tucker, Wizard, Young Guns 2) [or Aug 19]
  • 1968 Mary Birdsong, American actress
  • 1968 David Hewlett, English born Canadian actor
  • 1969 Vladimir Tsyplakov, Inta Rus, NHL left wing (LA Kings, Belarus 1998)
  • 1969 Princess Sayako of Japan
  • 1969 Keith R.A. DeCandido, American author
  • 1970 Carl Simpson, NFL defensive tackle (Chic Bears)
  • 1970 Francois Leroux, Ste-adele, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1970 Heike Friedrich, East Germany swimmer (world record 200m)
  • 1970 Peter Giles, London Ontario, kayaker (Olympics-96)
  • 1970 Vladimir Antipin, hockey defenseman (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1970 William Roaf, NFL tackle (NO Saints)
  • 1970 Greg Eklund, American musician
  • 1970 Rico Brogna, American baseball player
  • 1971 Dan Kordic, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Phila Flyers)
  • 1971 Kerry Lynn Kemper, Miss Nebraska USA (1996)
  • 1971 Oleg Petrov, Moscow Rus, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 1971 Tamara Braun, American actress
  • 1972 Jeff Traversy, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1972 Eli Roth, American film director
  • 1973 Derrick Brooks, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1973 Haile Gebresleassie, Ethiopia, 10k runner (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1973 James "Jamie" Koven, Morristown NJ, rower (Olympics-5th-1996)
  • 1973 Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian athlete
  • 1974 Mark Tremonti, American musician
  • 1974 Millie Corretjer, Puerto Rican singer
  • 1974 Edgar Wright, British director
  • 1976 Melissa Joan Hart, Sayville NY, actress (Clarissa, Sabrina)
  • 1976 Fayray, Japanese singer
  • 1976 Justin Ross, American politician
  • 1977 Dan Lacouture, NHL hockey player
  • 1979 Michael Bradley, American basketball player
  • 1979 Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver
  • 1979 Nuria Fergó, Spanish singer
  • 1979 Matthew Upson, English footballer
  • 1979 Kourtney Kardashian, American reality television star
  • 1980 Robyn Regehr, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981 Brian Buscher, American baseball player
  • 1982 Marie-Élaine Thibert, Canadian singer
  • 1982 Scott Hartnell, NHL hockey player
  • 1983 Miguel Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1983 Fodil Hadjadj, Algerian footballer
  • 1984 America Ferrera, American actress
  • 1985 Łukasz Fabiański, Polish footballer
  • 1985 Karl Reindler, Australian racing driver
  • 1985 Elena Temnikova, Russian singer (Serebro)
  • 1986 Maurice Edu, American soccer player
  • 1986 Billy Butler, American baseball player
  • 1987 Danny Guthrie, English footballer
  • 1987 Sandra Lyng Haugen, Norwegian singer
  • 1989 Alia Shawkat, American actress
  • 1992 Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love
  • 1994 Moises Arias, American Actor
  • 1996 Alexey Zhigalkovich, Belarusian Singer
  • 2007 Hayah bint Hamzah, Princess of Jordan

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