provide a record of some of the most important events in our lives.
Birth records represent one of the key primary sources for family information,
typically being issued within days of a birth and containing the
parents' names at a minimum. Many times they contain additional
parental details including places of birth, ages, and number of
children. Prior to children being born in hospitals, home addresses
were noted which is an important fact to understanding where they lived.
Birth records usually show the name of the child, gender, date and
place born, parents' names, and sometimes other data, such as parents'
certificates were not issued by most states until 1910 or later
Here are some links to birth records and birth record databases
and information on how to obtain a copies of birth certificates.