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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 July 16

  • 1194 Saint Clare of Assisi, Italian follower of Francis of Assisi (d. 1253)
  • 1571 Theodoor Galle, Flemish engraver, baptized
  • 1611 Archduchess Cecilia Renata of Austria, Queen of Poland (d. 1644)
  • 1704 John Kay, England, machinist, invented flying shuttle
  • 1714 Marc René, marquis de Montalembert, French military engineer (d. 1800)
  • 1715 Charles, Prince de Rohan-Soubise, marshal of France
  • 1722 Joseph Wilton, sculptor
  • 1723 Joshua Reynolds, England, portrait painter (Simplicity)
  • 1725 Georg Simon Lohlein, composer
  • 1728 Henri Moreau, composer
  • 1746 Giuseppe Piazzi, Italian monk/discoverer (1st asteroid-Ceres)
  • 1796 Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, painter
  • 1821 Mary Baker Eddy, founded Christian Science (Science & Health)
  • 1822 Luigi Arditi, violinist/composer
  • 1823 James Isham Gilbert, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1829 Robert Brown Potter, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1887
  • 1834 Carlo Angeloni, composer
  • 1834 Peter Leyten, bishop of Breda (1885-1914)
  • 1839 Philipus J Hoedemaker, Dutch theologist
  • 1848 Henri[cus A] Viotta, Dutch conductor/composer (Lexicon of Music)
  • 1855 Charles Francis Abdy Williams, composer
  • 1858 Eugene Ysaye, composer
  • 1860 Jens Otto Harry Jespersen, linguist/philologist
  • 1862 Ida Bell Wells-Barnett [Iola], US civil rights activist
  • 1865 George A Birmingham, [Rev James Owen Hannay], novelist
  • 1870 Lambert McKenna, Irish scholar (d. 1956)
  • 1872 Roald Amundsen, Norway, explorer, discovered South Pole
  • 1877 Béla Schick, Hungarian/US children artist (Serum Krankheit)
  • 1882 Edward Earle, Toronto Ont, actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight)
  • 1882 Felix Locher, Switzerland, actor (Frankenstein's Daughter)
  • 1884 Anna Vyrubova, Russian memoirist (d. 1964)
  • 1887 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, black sox player (Say it aint so, Joe)
  • 1888 Frits Zernike, invented phase-contrast microscope (Nobel 1953)
  • 1888 Percy Kilbride, SF CA, actor (Egg & I, Ma & Pa Kettle)
  • 1889 Larry Semon, American comedian (d. 1928)
  • 1896 Mauritius R J Dekker [Boris Robazki], Dutch writer (Merkteken)
  • 1896 Trygve Halvdan Lie, Norway, 1st UN secretary general (1946-52)
  • 1896 Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German eugenicist and Nazi physician (d. 1969)
  • 1899 Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st black female district attorney (NY)
  • 1901 Fritz Mahler, composer
  • 1902 Alexander Luria, Russian psychologist (d. 1977)
  • 1903 Mary Philbin, Chicago IL, actress (Phantom of the Opera)
  • 1903 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian musician (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Goffredo Petrassi, Zagarolo Italy, composer (Beatitudines)
  • 1904 Leo Joseph Suenens, Cardinal (Belgium)
  • 1906 Vincent Sherman, American film director (d. 2006)
  • 1907 Barbara Stanwyck, Bkln, actress (Dynasty II, Big Valley, Thorn Birds)
  • 1907 Orville Redenbacher, popcorn King (Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet)
  • 1907 Frances Horwich, American educator and television personality (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Aruna Asaf Ali, politician
  • 1908 Maurice Adams, surgeon/British rear admiral
  • 1909 Geoffrey Bryan Bentley, moral theologian
  • 1909 John Edward "Teddy" Buckner, trumpeter
  • 1910 Stan McCabe, cricketer (exciting NSW & Australian batsman of 30's)
  • 1911 Ginger Rogers, [Virginia McMath], Independ Mo, dancer (Gay Divorcee)
  • 1911 Sonny Tufts, [Bowen Charleston Tufts II], Bost, actor (Variety Girl)
  • 1912 Ray Barr, NYC, pianist (Vincent Lopez Show)
  • 1912 Milt Bocek, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Hugh Ford, FRS mechanic engineer
  • 1913 Peter Van Eyck, Steinwehr Germany, actor (Brain, Wages of Fear)
  • 1915 Barnard Hughes, Bedford Hills NY, (Tron, Where's Poppa, Best Friends)
  • 1915 Baroness Llewelyn-Davies of Hastoe, deputy speaker (House of Lords)
  • 1915 Edward Miller, Master (Fitzwilliam College Cambridge)
  • 1916 Harold Locke, archdeacon of Loughborough
  • 1917 William Bishop, Oak Park Ill, actor (Steve-It's a Great Life)
  • 1918 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor (d. 1989)
  • 1919 Charles Graham, lord-lt of Cumbria UK
  • 1919 Choi Kyuha, President of South Korea (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Hermine Braunsteiner, Nazi war criminal (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Anwar Hussain, cricketer (four Tests for Pakistan v India 1952-53)
  • 1921 Bernard Rogers, supreme Allied commander Europe
  • 1921 Trevor Williams, scientific consultant
  • 1923 Reginald Prentice, British government minister
  • 1923 Chris Argyris, American educator
  • 1924 Bess Myerson, Bronx NY, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945)
  • 1925 Phillip Pine, Hartford Ct, actor (Set-Up, Under the Ground)
  • 1925 Cal Tjader, American musician (d. 1982)
  • 1926 Brian Howard, deputy chairman (Marks & Spencer)
  • 1926 Philip Randle, biochemist
  • 1926 Irwin Rose, American biologist, Nobel laureate
  • 1927 John Freeland, Legal advisor UK foreign office
  • 1927 John Warr, England, cricket bowler (avg 281)/president (MCC)
  • 1927 Shirley Hughes, author/illustrator
  • 1928 Bella Davidovich, Baku Russia, pianist (Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel)
  • 1928 James Kilfedder, MP (Ulster Popular Unionist)
  • 1928 Ray Thornton, (Rep-D-Arkansas)
  • 1928 Robert Sheckley, US, sci-fi author (10th Victim, Mindswap)
  • 1928 Anita Brookner, English novelist
  • 1928 Ticho Parly, Danish tenor (d. 1993)
  • 1929 Michael Morland, High court judge
  • 1930 Anne Francis, Ossining NY, actress (Honey West, Forbidden Planet)
  • 1930 John Everett Watts, composer
  • 1930 Michael Bilirakis, (Rep-R-Florida, 1983- )
  • 1931 Caroline Blackwood, writer
  • 1932 John Chilton, jazz trumpeter
  • 1932 Milly Vitale, Rome, actress (7 Little Foys, War & Peace, Juggler)
  • 1932 Oleg Protopopov, Russia, olympic pairs skater (Gold 1964, 68)
  • 1932 [Dick] Richard L Thornburgh, Penn, US Attorney General (1988-93)
  • 1932 Max McGee, American football player (d. 2007)
  • 1933 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos-Golden Teardrops)
  • 1934 Donald Payne, (Rep-D-New Jersey)
  • 1934 Don Payne, American politician
  • 1935 Tom Rosenthal, publisher/British broadcaster
  • 1936 Buddy Merrill, Torrey Utah, guitarist (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • 1936 V Subramanya, cricketer (Indian batsman in nine Tests mid-60's)
  • 1937 Richard Bryan, (Sen-D Nevada)
  • 1938 Anita Brookner, art historian/novelist
  • 1938 Thorkell Sigurbjornsson, composer
  • 1938 Tony Jackson, English bass player (The Searchers) (d. 2003)
  • 1939 Corin Redgrave, London, actor (Excalibur, Man For All Seasons)
  • 1939 Marion Pitt, social worker/writer
  • 1939 Mary Parkinson, British broadcaster
  • 1939 William Bell, [Yarborough], US singer (Tryin' to Love Two)
  • 1939 Mariele Ventre, Italian choir director (d. 1995)
  • 1940 Tony Jackson, Liverpool, rock bassist/vocalist (Searchers)
  • 1941 George Young, MP/British minister of housing & planning
  • 1941 Hans Wiegel, Dutch commissioner of the queen (Frisia)
  • 1941 Jan G H Krajenbrink, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • 1941 Mišo Kovač, Croatian musician
  • 1942 Desmond Dekker, [Dacris], Jamaica, reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites)
  • 1942 Frank Field, MP (Labour)
  • 1942 Margaret Smith Court, Australia, tennis pro (1970 Grand Slam)
  • 1943 Jimmy Johnson, NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1943 Stanley Gebler Davies, journalist/drinker
  • 1943 Reinaldo Arenas, Cuban poet (d. 1990)
  • 1945 Barry Dudleston, cricket umpire
  • 1945 Diana Warwick, leader (Assn of University Teachers)
  • 1945 Jos Stelling, director (Pointsman)
  • 1945 Kellie Everts, Kalv Germany, Miss nude Universe (1968)
  • 1946 Barbara Lee, American politician
  • 1946 Richard LeParmentier, American actor
  • 1946 Ron Yary, American football player
  • 1947 O[renthal] J[ames] Simpson, SF, NFL running back (Buf Bills)/actor
  • 1947 Roelof P Meyer, S Afr under minister of Law & Order etc
  • 1947 Tom Boggs, rock drummer (Box Tops)
  • 1947 Alexis Herman, 23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • 1947 Assata Shakur, American activist
  • 1948 Pinchas Zukerman, Tel Aviv Israel, violinist/violist (Leventritt 1967)
  • 1948 Rubén Blades, Panamanian singer and actor
  • 1949 Alan "Fitz" Fitzgerald, rock keyboardist/vocalist (Night Ranger)
  • 1949 Cyndy Garvey, Detroit, wife of Steve Garvey, talk show host (AM LA)
  • 1949 Ray Major, rock guitarist (British Lions)
  • 1950 Camille Saviola, Bronx NY, actress (Nightlife)
  • 1950 Valery Yevgenyevich Maksimenko, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • 1950 Tom Terrell, musicologist, deejay
  • 1950 Pierre Paradis, Quebec politician
  • 1950 Dennis Priestley, English darts player
  • 1951 Esther M Friesner[-Stutzman], US, sci-fi author (Witchwood Cradle)
  • 1951 Lorraine Chase, actress/model (Lame Ducks, Love & Bullets)
  • 1951 Jean-Luc Mongrain, French-Canadian journalist
  • 1952 Phillip Carrick, cricketer
  • 1952 Stewart Copeland, Alexandria Egypt, drummer (Police-Roxanne)
  • 1952 Robert David Steele, American spy
  • 1953 Mickey Rourke, boxer/actor (Wild Orchid, Barfly)
  • 1953 Philece Sampler, San Angelo, Tx, actress (Donna Love-Another World)
  • 1953 Douglas J. Feith, American Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
  • 1954 Jeanette Mott Oxford, American politician
  • 1956 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division-Transmission)
  • 1956 Tony Kushner, American playwright
  • 1957 Alan Donnelly, MP (Labour)
  • 1957 Wlodi Smolarek, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1957 Alexandra Marinina, Russian writer
  • 1958 Michael Flatley, Chicago Ill, Irish choreographer (Lord of Dance)
  • 1958 Pierre Roland Renoir, Canadian artist
  • 1958 Mike D. Rogers, American politician
  • 1959 Gary Anderson, NFL kickerk (Phila Eagles)
  • 1959 Doug Herzog, American television executive
  • 1960 Eus van Someren, pop guitarist (Scene, Blaauw)
  • 1960 Gisela Beyer, German DR, discus thrower (Olympics-4th place-1980)
  • 1960 Terry Pendleton, LA Calif, infielder (Florida Marlins)
  • 1961 Leila Kenzle, Patchogue LI NY, actress (Fran Devanow-Mad About You)
  • 1963 Mikael Pernfors, Sweden, tennis star
  • 1963 Phoebe Cates, Manhattan NY, actress (Fast Times at Ridgemount High)
  • 1963 Srečko Katanec, Slovenian footballer and coach
  • 1964 Miguel Indurain, Spanish bicyclist (Tour de France winner 1991-95)
  • 1965 Charles Smith, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1965 Claude Lemieux, Buckingham Que, NHL forward (Team Canada, Colorado)
  • 1965 Tina Tyler, Canadian porn star
  • 1966 Bonnie Bright, Redondo Beach CA, WPVA volleyballer (Hermosa-17th-)
  • 1966 Chip Lohmiller, NFL kicker (NO Saints)
  • 1966 Jyrki Lumme, Tampere Fin, NHL defenseman (Canucks, Finland Oly-B-98)
  • 1966 Warren Sallenback, South Surrey BC, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1966 Johnny Vaughan, English writer and broadcaster
  • 1967 Roger Duffy, NFL guard/center (NY Jets)
  • 1967 Will Ferrell, American comedian
  • 1967 Christopher Rocancourt, French con artist
  • 1968 Ariel Solomon, NFL center/guard (Pitts Steelers)
  • 1968 Barry Sanders, NFL running back (Detroit Lions, 1988 Heisman Trophy)
  • 1968 Eric Jonassen, WLAF tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1968 Larry Sanger, American co-founder of Wikipedia
  • 1969 Rain Pryor, actress (Head of the Class)/daughter of Richard
  • 1969 Kathryn Harby-Williams, Australian netballer
  • 1969 Daryl Mitchell, American actor
  • 1970 Fabio Casartelli, cyclist
  • 1970 Phil Graham, Halifax Nova Scotia, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1970 William Van Landingham, Columbia TN, pitcher (SF Giants)
  • 1970 Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thai film director
  • 1971 Chris Thomas, NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers)
  • 1971 Corey Feldman, Encino Calif, actor (License to Drive, Stand by Me)
  • 1971 Ed Kowalczyk, American singer (Live)
  • 1972 Aaron Glenn, NFL cornerback/kick returner (NY Jets)
  • 1972 Mindy Carson, NYC, vocalist (Club Embassy, Ford Star Revue)
  • 1973 Karla Beteta, Miss Universe-Guatemala (1996)
  • 1973 Shaun Pollock, cricketer (son of Peter South African Test quick 1995-)
  • 1973 Stefano Garzelli, Italian cyclist
  • 1973 Tim Ryan, American politician
  • 1973 Graham Robertson, American filmmaker and author
  • 1974 Michelle Chandler, Australian basketball point guard (Olymp-bronze-96)
  • 1974 Chris Pontius, American actor and Jackass cast member
  • 1974 Wendell Sailor, Australian rugby league and union footballer
  • 1975 Jonathan Zwinkel, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • 1975 Bas Leinders, Belgian racing car driver
  • 1975 Ana Paula Arósio, Brazilian actress
  • 1975 Jamie Oliver, Welsh keyboardist
  • 1976 Anna Smashnova, Minsk Russia, tennis star (1993 Futures-Erlangen GER)
  • 1976 Michael Petkovic, Australian soccer goalie (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1976 Tomasz Kuchar, Polish Rally driver
  • 1976 Bobby Lashley, American Professional Wrestler
  • 1976 Carlos Humberto Paredes, Paraguyan footballer
  • 1977 Bryan Budd, British soldier (VC recipient) (d. 2006)
  • 1978 Stephanie Lee Hamilton, Williston ND, Miss America-ND (1997)
  • 1978 Taj Anwar, model and activist
  • 1979 Kim[berly] Rhode, Whittier Calif, double trap (Olympics-gold-1996)
  • 1979 Jayma Mays, American actress
  • 1979 Chris Mihm, American basketball player
  • 1980 Jesse Jane, American pornographic actress
  • 1980 Adam Scott, Australian golfer
  • 1982 Michael Umaña, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1984 Hayanari Shimoda, Japanese racing driver
  • 1984 Katrina Kaif, Indian Actress
  • 1986 Calum Gittins, New Zealand actor
  • 1989 Gareth Bale, Welsh footballer
  • 1991 Randall Bentley, American actor
  • 1994 Mark Indelicato, American singer and actor

Birth Records Search

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