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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 August 18

  • 472 Flavius Ricimer, general of the Western Roman Empire, kingmaker
  • 1414 Jami, Persian poet (d. 1492)
  • 1450 Marko Marulic/Marulus/Splichanin/Pechinich, Croatian poet
  • 1579 Charlotte Flandrina van Nassau, daughter of Willem I of Orange
  • 1587 1st English child born in New World (Virginia Dare)
  • 1587 Virginia Dare, 1st American born of English parents
  • 1596 Jean Bolland, Flemish Jesuit writer (d. 1665)
  • 1605 Henry Hammond, English churchman (d. 1660)
  • 1606 Maria Anna of Spain, Holy Roman Empire Empress and Queen of Hungary (d. 1646)
  • 1611 Ludwika Maria Gonzaga, queen of Poland (d. 1650)
  • 1657 Ferdinando Galli Bibiena, Italian architect/designer (d. 1743)
  • 1685 Brook Taylor, England, mathematician, discoverer of Taylor's Theorem
  • 1692 Louis Henri, Duc de Bourbon, Prime Minister of France (d. 1740)
  • 1720 Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, English murderer (d. 1760)
  • 1745 Vaclav Josef Bartolomej Praupner, composer
  • 1750 Antonio Salieri, Italy, composer (Tatare)
  • 1754 François, marquis de Chasseloup-Laubat, French general (d. 1833)
  • 1769 Alexandre Stievenard, composer
  • 1774 Meriwether Lewis, Charlottsville VA, capt (Lewis & Clark Expedition)
  • 1778 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen, 1st to circumnavigate Antarctica
  • 1792 John, 1st Earl Russell, British Whig PM (1846-52, 1865-66)
  • 1803 Nathan Clifford, American statesman, diplomat, and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1881)
  • 1805 Josef Danhauser, Austrian painter (Mutterliebe)
  • 1807 Charles Francis Adams, (Union), died in 1886
  • 1813 Benjamin Alvord, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1884
  • 1818 William Farquhar Barry, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1879
  • 1819 Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaievna, Duchess of Leuchtenberg (d. 1876)
  • 1823 Willem J F Nuyens, Dutch physician/RC historian
  • 1830 Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria (d. 1916)
  • 1834 Marshall Field, Conway Massachusetts, owner (Field Dept Store)
  • 1849 Benjamin Louis Paul Godard, composer
  • 1855 Alfred Wallis, English artist and mariner (d. 1942)
  • 1856 Charles Hutchison Gabriel, composer
  • 1856 Jan Karol Gali, composer
  • 1857 Libert H. Boeynaems, Belgian Catholic prelate (d. 1926)
  • 1870 Hugh Bromley-Davenport, England cricketer (d. 1954)
  • 1871 Johan J Arch, graphic artist (wood cutter)
  • 1873 Leo Slezak, Austria tenor/actor (Othello)
  • 1873 Otto Harbach, songwriter (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes)
  • 1875 Johan E Elias, historian (Amsterdam)
  • 1878 Fritz Brun, composer
  • 1879 Aleksandr Rodzyanko, Russian general (d. 1970)
  • 1881 Hermann Karl Josef Zilcher, composer
  • 1882 Eugeen Calleen, Flemish sculptor
  • 1882 Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel-Rousseau, composer
  • 1883 Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel)
  • 1885 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (d. 1964)
  • 1887 Nico J Polak, Dutch economist
  • 1890 Walther Funk, German Nazi politician (d. 1960)
  • 1893 Ernest MacMillan, composer
  • 1893 Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • 1896 Alan Mowbray, London England, actor (Dante, Colonel Flack)
  • 1896 Jack Pickford, Canadian-born actor (d. 1933)
  • 1900 Walter O'Keefe, Hartford Ct, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood)
  • 1900 Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist (d. 1964)
  • 1902 Julius Kalas, composer
  • 1902 Adamson-Eric, Estonian painter (d. 1968)
  • 1903 Ake Olof Sebastian Udden, composer
  • 1903 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Max Factor Jr, CEO (Max Factor Cosmetics)
  • 1904 Sterling W Cole, (Rep-R-NY)
  • 1904 [Francis] Max Factor, cosmetics manufacturer (Max Factor)
  • 1905 Greta Garbo, actress famed recluse
  • 1905 Peter Paul Kreuder, composer
  • 1906 Andre Van Gyseghem, England, actor (Search for the Nile)
  • 1907 Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, Executive (BBC)
  • 1907 Enoch Light, Canton Ohio, orch leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith)
  • 1907 Howard Swanson, composer
  • 1907 Otto Mortensen, composer
  • 1908 Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Belenggu)
  • 1908 Bill Merritt, cricketer (early NZ Test leg-spinner, also Northants)
  • 1908 Edgar Faure, thriller writer/PM of France (1952, 52-56)
  • 1908 Milan Ristic, composer
  • 1909 Miliza Korjus, Warsaw Poland, actress (Great Waltz)
  • 1910 Charles Wegg-Prosser, solicitor
  • 1910 Herman Berlinski, composer
  • 1915 Max Lanier, baseball player
  • 1916 Elsa Morante, Italy, writer (L'isola di Arturo)
  • 1916 Moura Lympany, Saltash England, pianist (OBE-1979)
  • 1917 Casper Weinberger, US Secretary of Defense (1981-87)
  • 1918 Elsa Morante, writer
  • 1919 Walter J Hickel, (Gov-R-Alaska)/US Secretary of Interior (1969-71)
  • 1920 Bob Kennedy, baseball player
  • 1920 [Thomas] Godfrey Evans, English cricket keeper (1950's)
  • 1920 Shelly Winters, American actress (A Place in the Sun, A Patch of Blue & Poseidon Aventure)
  • 1921 Zdzisław Żygulski, Jr., Polish art historian
  • 1922 Alain Robbe-Grillet, France, novelist (Voyeur)
  • 1922 Eric William Hunter Christie, barrister
  • 1922 Shelley Winters, [Schrift], St Louis Mo, actress (Poseidon Adventure)
  • 1923 Jahangir Khan Irani, cricket wicketkeeper for India (1947-8 Aust tour)
  • 1923 Sadu Shinde, cricketer (Indian leg-spinner late 1940's/early 1950's)
  • 1923 Jenni Irani, Indian cricketer (d. 1982)
  • 1924 Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq, pres of Pakistan (1977-88)[or Aug 12]
  • 1925 Brian W[ilson] Aldiss, UK, sci-fi author (Helliconia Trilogy)
  • 1925 Tonny Til, rocker
  • 1925 Pierre Grondin, French Canadian cardiac surgeon (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Rosalynn Smith Carter, Georgia, 1st lady (1977-1981), Jimmy's lust
  • 1928 Marge Schott, CEO (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1929 Hugues Aufray, French singer
  • 1930 Carl Barger, Lewistown Pa, baseball pres (Pitts Pirates, Fla Marlins)
  • 1930 Grant Williams, NYC, actor (Hawaiian Eye, Incredible Shrinking Man)
  • 1930 Johnny Preston, Port Arthur, Tx, rocker (Feel So Fine)
  • 1930 Liviu Librescu, Israeli professor, killed in the Virginia Tech massacre
  • 1931 Henricus AFMO "Hans" van Mierlo, Dutch minister of Defense (D66)
  • 1931 Bramwell Tillsley, Canadian Salvation Army general
  • 1931 Dick White, English footballer
  • 1932 William R. Bennett, Premier of British Columbia
  • 1933 Roman Polanski, Poland, director (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Pirates)
  • 1933 Just Fontaine, French footballer
  • 1934 Rafer Lewis Johnson, Hillsboro Tx, decathlete (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1934 Roberto Clemente, US baseball outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1934 Vincent Bugliosi, attorney/author (Helter-Skelter)
  • 1934 Ronnie Carroll, British singer
  • 1935 Gail Fisher, Orange NJ, actress (Peggy-Mannix)
  • 1935 Lajos Papp, composer
  • 1935 Rafer Johnson, Hillsboro Texas, decathlete (Olympics-gold-60)
  • 1935 Howard Morrison, New Zealand entertainer
  • 1937 Robert Redford, Calif, actor (Sting, Candidate, Natural, Great Gatsby)
  • 1937 William George Rushton, London, actor/author/cartoonist (TW3)
  • 1938 Joe Frank, American radio personality
  • 1939 Joe Azcue, baseball player
  • 1939 Johnny Preston singer (Running Bear, Cradle of Love)
  • 1939 Molly Bee, Oklahoma City OK, actress (Pinky Lee Show)
  • 1939 Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Norwegian actor and comedian (d. 2008)
  • 1939 Robert Horton, British businessman
  • 1940 Frankie Avalon, rocker (Venus, Beach Blanket Bingo)
  • 1940 Joan Joyce, Waterbury CT, LPGA golfer (1984 S&H Golf Classic-6th)
  • 1941 Christopher Jones, Jackson TN, actor (Wild in the Streets)
  • 1941 Matt Snell, NFL running back (NY Jets, Super Bowl III)
  • 1943 Martin Mull, Chic Ill, actor/comedian (Bad Manners, Flick, Serial)
  • 1943 Sarah Dash, Trenton NJ, rock vocalist (Patti LaBelle & Bluebirds)
  • 1943 Gianni Rivera, Italian footballer and politician
  • 1944 Carl Wayne, rocker (Move)
  • 1945 Barbara Harris, US singer (Toys-A Lover's Concerto)
  • 1945 Nona Hendryx, Trenton NJ, rocker (LaBelle-Lady Marmalade)
  • 1948 Carol O'Neal, playmate (July, 1972)
  • 1948 Rudy Hartono Kurniawan, Indonesia, All-England tennis champ
  • 1948 Joseph Marcell, British actor
  • 1949 Nigel Griggs, rocker (Split Enz)
  • 1950 Candice Earley, Ft Hood TX, actress (Donna Tyler-All My Children)
  • 1950 Dennis Elliot, London, rock drummer (Foreigner)
  • 1950 Lynn Adams, Kingsville TX, LPGA golfer
  • 1951 Greg Pruitt, NFL running back (LA Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII)
  • 1952 Elayne Boosler, Brooklyn NY, comedienne (Broadway Baby, Party of One)
  • 1952 Nicholas John, dramaturge
  • 1952 Patrick Swayze, Houston Tx, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost)
  • 1952 Ricky Villa, Argentine former footballer
  • 1953 Louie Gohmert, American politician
  • 1954 Umberto Guidoni, Rome Italy, PhD/astronaut (STS 75)
  • 1955 Taher ElGamal, Egyptian scientist
  • 1956 Sandeep Patil, cricketer (Indian batsman Great 174 v Adelaide 1981)
  • 1956 John Debney, American composer
  • 1956 Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, American musician
  • 1957 Carole Bouquest, Paris, actress (On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
  • 1957 Dennis Leary, actor/comic (MTV)
  • 1957 Ron Strykert, Australia, rock guitarist (Men At Work-Who Can it Be)
  • 1958 Madeleine Stowe, LA Calif, actress (Tropical Snow, Bad Girls)
  • 1959 Tom Prichard, American wrestler
  • 1960 Sonny Skinner, Porstmouth VA, Nike golfer (1993 NIKE Shreveport Open)
  • 1961 John Viscardi, NYC, actor (Father Tony-One Life to Live)
  • 1961 Bob Woodruff, American journalist, anchor
  • 1962 Sandra Marie Miller Farmer-Patrick, Kingston Jamaica, 400m hurdler
  • 1962 Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico
  • 1963 Luiz Mattar, Brazil, tennis star
  • 1964 Edith Frost, American singer/songwriter
  • 1964 Craig Bierko, American actor
  • 1964 Kenny Walker, American basketball player
  • 1965 Koji Kikkawa, Japanese singer
  • 1965 Jim Florentine, American comedian
  • 1966 Cees Lock of hair, soccer player (NEC)
  • 1966 Steve Avery, NFL fullback (Pitts Steelers)
  • 1966 Gustavo Charif, Argentine artist
  • 1966 Kang Soo-yeon, South Korean actress
  • 1967 Blas Elias Gomez, Kennedy TX, rock drummer (Slaughter-Stick it Live)
  • 1967 John Jurkovic, defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1967 Julie Kristen Smith, Nuhremburg Germany, choreographer (Showgirls)
  • 1967 Tracy Tracy, rocker (Primitives-Lovely, Lump of Coal)
  • 1967 Brian Michael Bendis, American comic book writer
  • 1967 Dan Peters, American musician
  • 1967 Daler Mehndi, Indian bhangra/pop singer
  • 1968 Brian Mitchell, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1968 Carolyn Crudgington, Australian softball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1968 Greta Lind, Goshen NY, actress (Katie Kennicott-All My Children)
  • 1968 Griffin Drew, Hazelhurst Georgia, actress (Dinosaur Island)
  • 1968 John Coyle, West Bloomfield Mich, short track skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1968 Justin Strzelczyk, NFL guard/offensive tackle (Pitts Steelers)
  • 1968 Lee Seung-yeon, South Korean actress
  • 1969 Christian Slater, actor (Robin Hood, Untamed Heart, Heathers)
  • 1969 Isaac Austin, NBA center (Miami Heat)
  • 1969 Masta Killa, American rapper
  • 1969 Everlast, American musician
  • 1969 Edward Norton, American actor
  • 1970 Malcolm Jamal Warner, Jersey City NJ, actor (Theodore-Cosby Show)
  • 1970 Richie Cunningham, kicker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1970 Robert Higginson, Philadelphia PA, outfielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1970 Greg Dean Schmitz, American online film journalist
  • 1971 Jada Pinkett, actress (Set it Off, Nutty Professor, Menace II Society)
  • 1971 Jonathan David Winter, Wellington NZ, 100m backstroker (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Kevin Bouie, NFL running back (Phila Eagles, Ariz Cardinals)
  • 1971 Mindy Czuleger, Inglewood Ca, WPVA volleyballer (Myrtle Bch-17th-1994)
  • 1971 Trey Ames, Canton Oh, actor (David-A Year in the Life)
  • 1971 Richard D James, Irish-born musician (Aphex Twin)
  • 1971 Jacob Vargas, American actor
  • 1972 Derrick Harris, running back (St Louis Rams)
  • 1972 Loraine Lambert, Ipswich Queensland, golfer (NZ champ 1991, 92)
  • 1972 Nate Jones, Chicago Ill, heavyweight boxer (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1972 Ray Jacobs, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • 1972 Keiko Yamada, Japanese singer
  • 1972 Leo Ku, Hong Kong singer
  • 1972 Shaun Wilson, Australian artist
  • 1973 Alex Pijper, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1973 Clarence Benford, NFL tight end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Luke Fickell, defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1974 Sekou Soumah, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1974 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, cricketer (WI left-handed batsman 1994-)
  • 1976 Daphnee Lynn Duplaix, Manhattan NY, playmate (July 1997)
  • 1976 Tom Malchow, US, 200m butterfly/free (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1976 Bryan Volpenhein, American rower
  • 1977 Régine Chassagne, Canadian musician Arcade Fire
  • 1978 Andy Samberg, American comedian
  • 1979 Selena Silver, pornographic actress
  • 1980 Esteban Cambiasso, Argentine footballer
  • 1980 Athina Papayianni, Greek race walker
  • 1980 Preeti Jhangiani, Indian actress
  • 1980 Rob Nguyen, Australian racing driver
  • 1980 Jeremy Shockey, American football Tight End
  • 1981 César Delgado, Argentine footballer
  • 1981 Dimitris Salpigidis, Greek footballer
  • 1981 Jonathan Schneck, American musician (Relient K)
  • 1983 Kris Boyd, Scottish footballer
  • 1983 Michael Montgomery, American football player
  • 1983 Mica Penniman (Mika), Lebanese-born musician
  • 1983 Daniel Keith Swain (Danny!), American record producer/hip-hop artist
  • 1984 Robert Huth, German footballer
  • 1987 Mika Boorem, American actress
  • 1992 Riko Narumi, Japanese actress
  • 1994 Jessie Flower, American actress
  • 1995 Parker McKenna Posey, American actress

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