Searching for your Own
Birth records are the proof that we were born.
No matter where you were born, your birth will be recorded in that
county. Surprisingly, people who were adopted or who are estranged
from their families may not know where they were born. Ye, when
the go to apply for a job or a driver’s license, they will
need a copy of their birth record.
The procedure for recording births and then storing them may vary
from state to state, but have some similarities.
Most births must be attended by a physician,
midwife or other medical professional. If the mother went into
labor away from home or a medical facility, usually a doctor
will exam the child and records the birth after the delivery.
Some families do not wish to have anyone present at the birth
of their child and arrange in home births that are private.
While this is a rare situation, arrangements need to be made
with the county’s record office to make sure the child’s
birth is recorded properly.
In some states, like Georgia, birth records
are kept by the county health departments. Some states have
established departments of vital statistics to keep birth records.
Other states house birth records at various offices at the county
Birth records must have an official
state or county seal. Even if you are getting a copy
of your birth certificate, that copy must be sealed to be official.
If you need the birth record to get a driver’s license
in another state, the licensing agency will likely not take
it without the official seal.
If you were born in another state or county and
need a copy of your birth record, how can you find it? You must
know the state and county where you were born and the exact date.
Once you have determined the county, you must find out who is in
charge of the birth records. As mentioned above, this could be the
health department, the office of vital statistics or an office at
the county courthouse. Unfortunately, some smaller counties will
require you to pick up a copy of your birth record in person. If
you live miles away this can be inconvenient. Some counties will
allow a parent or sibling to pick up the record. Your relative can
mail the record to you, which saves you time and money.
Searching birth records from county to county and state to state
can be time consuming. A better option is to use an online service
that specializes in record searches. These services will allow you
to access birth records from across the nation for less than $10.
You can find out where you were born and in most case you can determine
which county or state agency can provide the record to you faster
than searching from agency to agency. Unless you want to spend countless
hours on the phone or online searching for a birth record, an online
search is your best option.