Birth records are vital records that contain information about an individual’s birth, including the date, place, and time of birth and their parentage. For centuries birth records were only kept by religious organizations and families. Now, all births are recorded by government agencies responsible for maintaining birth records. Typical birth record information include the:
- Child’s full, legal name at birth
- Gender at birth
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Names of the child’s parents
Most states have closed birth records, meaning they can only be accessed by the individual on record and their immediate family members. However, vital records over 75 years old usually become public records and can be accessed by anyone.
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