Birth Records and Indexes on the Internet - USA

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Finding Birth Certificates, Records or Indexes on the Internet - USA

Here are some online 20th Century-era (or earlier) birth indexes. The indexes or databases marked "fee-based" are part of an Ancestry subscription. Indexes or databases listed below at FamilySearch are free (with registration).

Alabama: County Birth Registers, 1881-1930 (free) at FamilySearch; coverage varies by county; not all counties are included

Arizona Birth Certificates and Index, 1855-1946 (free) from the Arizona Department of Health Services
Arizona Birth Certificates and Indexes, 1855-1930 (free) at FamilySearch

Arkansas Birth Certificates, 1914-1917 (fee-based) includes images of the birth certificates

California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (free) at FamilySearch
California Birth Records Index, 1905-1995 (fee-based)

Delaware State Birth Records, 1861-1922 (free) at FamilySearch; includes scanned copies of the birth records that can be downloaded

Hawaii, Birth Certificates and Indexes, 1841-1944 (fee-based)

Idaho Birth Index, 1861-1917, and Stillbirth Index, 1905-1967 (fee-based)
Idaho Birth Index, 1861-1911 (free) at FamilySearch

Illinois: Cook County Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1940 (free) at FamilySearch
Illinois: Cook County Birth Registers Index, 1871-1915 (free) at FamilySearch
Cook County, Illinois Birth Index, 1916-1935 (fee-based)

Indiana Birth Certificates, 1907-1940 (fee-based) index and digitized images of the birth certificates

Iowa Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939 (free) includes digitized copies of the birth certificates; at FamilySearch
Iowa Delayed Birth Records, 1856-1944 (fee-based)
Iowa: County Births, 1880-1935 (free) not complete; index only; at FamilySearch
Iowa State Birth Records Indexes, July 1904-June 1906 (index is free) also has birth indexes from 1909-June 1921 for 44 counties; copies of the records can be ordered for a fee; from the State Historical Society of Iowa

Kentucky Birth Index, 1911-1999 (fee-based) includes some pre-1911 records

Louisiana Birth Records Search, 1819-1918 (index is free) copies of the records can be ordered for a fee; does not include all births from this period
Louisiana: New Orleans Birth Records Index, 1790-1915 (fee-based)
Louisiana, Orleans Parish, Birth Records, 1819-1906 (free) at FamilySearch
Louisiana: Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1900-1914, 1955-1964 (free) at FamilySearch; includes indexes and text-based results for births from 1900-1914 (with some as far back as 1885), marriages for 1960, and deaths from 1955-1964; digital images of the records can be viewed at some LDS Family History Centers

Maine Birth Records, 1892-1922 (fee-based) also has some entries prior to 1892

Massachusetts Birth Index, 1860-1970 (fee-based) shows year of birth, but not the date; parents names not given; early years may not be complete; some years may be missing
Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915 (free) at FamilySearch
Massachusetts, Index to Selected Births, 1636-1924 (free) at FamilySearch; some with images
Massachusetts, Delayed and Corrected Vital Records, 1753-1900 (free) at FamilySearch

Michigan Births, 1867-1902 (free) at FamilySearch; includes scanned images of the birth registers
Michigan: County Births, 1867-1917 (free) at FamilySearch; includes scanned images of county birth records from 53 of Michigan's 83 counties; coverage varies by county

Minnesota Birth Index, 1900-1934 (index is free) copies of the records can be ordered for a fee
Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2000 (fee-based)

Missouri Birth Records, 1847-1910 (fee-based) includes digitized copies of the birth registers; not complete; coverage varies by county
Missouri Birth Index, 1920-2015 (free) from Reclaim the Records

Montana Birth Records, 1897-1919 and Birth Index 1897-1988 (fee-based) includes scanned copies of the birth certificates or records, 1897-1919 (coverage varies by county); for 1920-1988, names of parents are given for most of the entries
Montana Birth Index, 1870-1986 (fee-based)

Nevada Birth Index, 1975-2012 (fee-based)

New Hampshire Birth Records, 1631-1920 (fee-based)
New Hampshire Birth Certificates, 1901-1915 (free) at FamilySearch

New Jersey Birth Index, 1670-1980 (free) at FamilySearch; not complete, but has 1.1 million entries
New Jersey Birth Index, 1901-1903 (Reclaim the Records) (free) at FamilySearch
New Jersey Birth Index, 1901-1903 (fee-based)

New York City Birth Records Index, 1878-1909 (free) coverage varies by borough
Manhattan Birth Index Cards, 1866-1897 (free) at FamilySearch
New York City Birth Index, 1910-1965 (fee-based)

New York State Birth Index, 1881-1942 (fee-based) does not include New York City (see just above for NYC)
New York State Birth Index (Outside of New York City), 1881-1942 (free) from Reclaim the Records; scanned documents for each year; does not have a searchable name index

North Carolina Birth Index 1913-2000 (fee-based) coverage varies slightly by county; also includes some pre-1913 births
North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922 (free) at FamilySearch

Ohio Birth Records Index, 1908-1998 (fee-based)

Oklahoma State Vital Records Index: Births (index is free) for births occurring more than 20 years ago; earliest entry is for 1865; coverage before 1950 may be spotty; copies of the records can be ordered for a fee if eligibility requirements are met

Oregon, State Births, 1842-1917 (fee-based) not complete; coverage varies by county; most appear to be for 1842-1902, and 1916-1917; includes digitized copies of some birth certificates and delayed birth certificates
Oregon Birth Index, 1860-1952 (free) at FamilySearch; not complete; most are from 1868-1898
Oregon Historical Records Index (free) indexes some births, c.late 1800s-1918; coverage varies by county; also indexes other genealogy records

Pennsylvania Birth Certificates, 1906-1911 (fee-based) index and digitized copies of the birth certificates
Pennsylvania Birth Indexes, 1906-1914 (indexes are free) copies of the records can be ordered for a fee
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906 (free) at FamilySearch
Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976 (free) at FamilySearch

Rhode Island Birth Index, 1636-1930 (fee-based) coverage may vary by county
Rhode Island, State Births Index, 1819, 1852-1900 (free) at FamilySearch

South Carolina Birth Certificates, 1915-1919 (free) digitized birth certificates for 1915-1919
South Carolina, Delayed Birth Certificates, 1766-1900 (free) at FamilySearch
South Carolina Births, 1915-1917 (fee-based)
South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, Birth Registers, 1901-1926 (free) at FamilySearch
South Carolina, Delayed Birth Records, 1766-1900 and City of Charleston, South Carolina, Birth Records, 1877-1901 (fee-based)

South Dakota Birth Index (free) for births over 100 years ago
South Dakota Department of Health Index to Births, 1843-1914; and Marriages, 1950-2016 (free) at FamilySearch

Tennessee Birth Records (ER Series), 1908-1912 (free) at FamilySearch
Tennessee Delayed Birth Records, 1869-1909 (fee-based)
Tennessee City Birth Records, 1881-1915 (fee-based) for Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville; coverage varies by city
Tennessee: Nashville City Birth Index, 1881-1913 and Davidson County Birth Index, 1908-1912 (free)
Tennessee: Shelby County (Memphis) Birth Records Index, 1874-1917 (partial) (free)

Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (fee-based)
Texas Birth Certificates and Index, 1903-1935 (free) at FamilySearch; includes scanned copies of the birth certificates that can be downloaded

Utah Birth Certificates, 1903-1911 (fee-based) includes scanned copies of the birth certificates
Utah Birth Certificates, 1905-1910 (free) also has unindexed birth certificates for 1911-1916
Utah Birth Certificates, 1903-1914 (free) at FamilySearch
Utah Birth Registers, 1892-1944 (fee-based) does not include Millard County or the city of Ogden; coverage varies by county; for most counties the coverage ends in 1905

Vermont Birth Records, 1909-2008 (fee-based) includes digitized images; coverage varies by county

Virginia Birth Records Index, 1912-Jan. 2015, and Delayed Birth Records, 1854-1911 (fee-based) includes scanned copies of the birth certificates from 1912-1918, plus some for earlier years; records prior to 1912 are delayed birth records recorded later
Virginia Birth Certificates, 1912-1913 (free) at FamilySearch

Washington State Birth Index, 1907-1919 (fee-based) coverage may vary by county
Washington Birth Records, 1870-1935 (fee-based) coverage varies by county; may not include all counties
Washington Birth Records, 1869-1950 (free) at FamilySearch; not complete; coverage varies by place; some listings are for delayed birth records
Washington: County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (free) at FamilySearch; not complete; coverage varies by county; may not include all counties; includes images of the birth registers

West Virginia Birth Records and Index, c.1850s-c.1918 (free) includes scanned copies of the birth records; coverage varies by county; some counties may not be included
West Virginia Birth Index, 1853-1930 (free) at FamilySearch; coverage varies by county

Wisconsin Birth Index, 1820-1907 (fee-based) most entries begin with 1880; coverage varies by county
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Births, 1839-1911 (fee-based) includes digitized images of the birth records


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