Find out how to order a copy of a birth certificate, and what a birth certificate can tell you about your family members and ancestors.
Where to Find Birth Records
Learn where and how to access birth certificates and birth records for each US state and territory. Includes links to online birth certificate applications and indexes, where available.
Intro to Genealogy - Birth Records
Learn about the various types of birth records and the information they contain which can help you fill in the gaps in your family tree.
How to Find a Birth Date or Location
An individual's birth date can usually be found in these genealogical records.
Arizona Genealogy Birth & Death Certificates
This free genealogy database run by the Arizona Department of Health Services contains actual digital images of county or state issued birth and death certificates that are open to public record. Deaths more than 50 years old and births more than 75 years old are included in this free vital records database.
The BMD Project
Search this free database by state, county, first name, and/or last name to find birth records submitted by users.
Volunteers have spent several years transcribing records for this free genealogy database, providing free Internet access to the Civil Registration index of births, marriages, and deaths from England and Wales for the period 1837-1983. Contains over 66 million unique records.
Illinois Statewide Vital Records Databases
Available on the Web site of the Illinois State Archives, the statewide vital records databases include the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900; Illinois Statewide Death Index, pre-1916; and Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950.
Kentucky Vital Records Index
Indexes to selected Kentucky vital records are available for free searching on the Web site of the University of Kentucky. This includes the Kentucky Death Index (1911-1986 and 1987-1992), Kentucky Marriage Index (1973-1993), and Kentucky Divorce Index (1973-1993).
Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910
Use this members-only database from the New England Historic Genealogy Society to search for Massachusetts birth, death, and marriage records 1841-1910. Accessible only to members of the NEHGS.
Minnesota Birth Certificates Index
Search this Minnesota Historical Society database by name, birth year, and/or county for Minnesota birth certificates issued between 1900 and 1916. Results give the date and county of birth and mother's maiden name. Non-certified copies of the birth certificates can be ordered for electronic delivery.
Missouri Births & Deaths, pre-1910
This free, searchable database includes abstracts of the birth, stillbirth, and death records recorded in Missouri before 1909 and that are available on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives.
Oregon Birth Records & Birth Evidences 1842 - 1903
Search the Oregon State Archives for delayed birth records (1842-1903), delayed birth evidences (1845-1903) and marriage returns (1906-1910) by name, year, record type, and/or county. These free databases are part of the Oregon Historical Records Index.
RootsWeb - Early Birth Records Database
Search through almost 200,000 birth records in this free database of user-contributed birth records from various countries.