Where Can I Get Birth Records?
Birth records can prove to be highly useful tools for a number of reasons. You may have misplaced your birth record
and need another copy to apply for a passport, for example. Or you may be looking for your birth parents. Finally,
you may be interested in performing genealogy searches for your ancestors.
Whatever the reason, obtaining birth records, either for yourself or for a relative, is a fairly simple process, given the
conveniences of the internet.
Your State or Local Vital Records Office
Because there is no national database for birth records, you must go through your state or local vital records office
to obtain an official, raised seal birth record. However, the process is a fairly straightforward one.
Simply head to your state or local vital records office, armed with your checkbook and as much information as
possible on the person’s birth record you are interested in obtaining. It makes the process much easier if you have
some key information so that the vital records department can easily locate the birth record in question.
It is important to recognize, however, that most states prohibit the release of a birth record unless you are the
person listed on the birth record. The individuals that can obtain a birth record include: the spouse, power of
attorney or legal representative of the person in question, the parent, sibling or stepparent of the person in
question, the grandparent/grandchild of the person in question.
Some of the information requested by the vital records office may include: first and last name, name of the
individual’s parents, city in which the birth took place, and the individual’s birth date. It is not necessary to have all
of this information; it just facilitates the process.
The vital records office will ask you to fill out a form for the birth record request. Along with the completed form,
they will likely ask for a small fee to produce an original birth record. Although birth records are vital records that are
free to the public, the vital records office will request a fee to cover their administrative costs.
Depending on the state in which you live, and depending on how busy the vital records office is, you may be able to
receive your birth record that day. Otherwise, they will likely mail it to you.
Birth Records Websites
There are many birth records websites that allow you to accomplish the same thing, as they generally just do the
legwork for you. Websites are ideal for ordering birth records, especially if the birth record in question is out of
Websites that perform birth records searches often ask for key information in order to facilitate the process.
Therefore, once again, the more information you provide, the easier it is to have a successful match. Websites work
in different ways; some offer memberships, thereby allowing you to search many different people for a period of
time (this is often ideal for genealogy purposes), while others simply charge a flat fee for performing the search and
providing you with a copy of a birth record.
Often times, many of the websites that perform these searches use state or local agencies to find the person in
question. They can therefore often provide you with a raised seal birth certificate, sent directly to your home, in a
matter of weeks.
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