Birth Records

Birth records can provide details about your genealogy, including your family member's birth and baptism records. They typically contain the name, date and place of the event, parents' names, ages, birthplaces, occupation, and residence.

Birth, baptism, and christening records are primary resources for family history research because they were typically created at or shortly after the birth, making the record more likely to be accurate. This collection includes indexes that can help you request the record, and in some cases, actual images of the birth records.

In most of the birth collections on, you will find the indexes that link to images of actual birth records. In other cases, they are indexes that contain information that will help you request the record.

Tips for Searching Birth Records

  • Keep in mind that when civil registration first began, not everyone complied immediately and some births may not have been recorded.
  • Click on VIEW ORIGINAL IMAGE to see more details from the original image.
  • Try leaving one of the name fields blank and search by County. Also try only the parent's names to see if other children were registered.
  • Seek out the birth records for all family members. Information found on the records of siblings may include helpful details that aren't found on your ancestor's record.
  • Ancestry transcribes what is documented in the register and sometimes the child has not been registered with a name. Try searching for "Female" or "Male" or "not named".
  • When you find a record in a birth index, always follow up and request the original record. The source information and description on the collection page will tell you where the records are held.


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