Steps to Finding Birth
Whether you need your birth certificate to enroll
in school or obtain a passport, if you parents did not keep the
birth record, you are going to have to get it yourself. And that
can be a daunting task. No two states are alike in how they store
the records and where the records are stored. Searching for birth
records can be a difficult task or an easy task. First, look at
the difficult steps to obtaining a birth record.
You must determine where you were
born. If you were adopted or if you don’t have
a good relationship with your family, you may not know where
you were born. Your birth record will be in the county where
you were born.
Once you determine the county and
state, you have to find out which agency in that area
keeps the records. In many states, the Department of Health
is responsible for keeping the birth records. Some births are
recorded at local courthouses. This is the longest part of finding
a birth record.
After you find out who has the birth
record, you need to determine the policy for obtaining
a copy. Some larger states will allow you to order a copy of
your birth certificate online. If you order a birth record online,
you have to wait for it to be mailed. Most states however, will
require you to come the agency and pick up your birth certificate
in person. Some states have extended the requirement to allow
immediate family members to pick up the records. Make sure you
ask about fees as most states charge for sealed copies of birth
You can make the task of searching for birth records
easier. You can eliminate an important step by searching for birth
records online. How does it work?
- Find a reputable online record search company that has access
to birth records.
- Fill out your information. Reputable companies
will keep your information confidential and will not bombard you
inbox with spam.
Learn about the specific payment
plans. In many cases, if you are just looking for one
birth record, it will cost less than $10. If you need a lot
of birth records, you can sign up for a plan that will give
you unlimited searches for less than $100.
While you will not be able to purchase a copy of
the birth record from an online search engine, you will be able
to find the birth record faster. An online record search company
will store birth records from across the nation in one place. You
won’t have to call agency after agency in different parts
of your state or in different parts of the country. By the time
you get ready to request the birth record of make the drive to health
department, you will know that the record in that county. Whatever
reason you need a birth record, using an online search engine company
save you time and money.