Texas Birth Index

The Texas Birth Index (TBI) is a database of all births registered to the Texas Department of Health Services between 1903 and 2010. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) manages the database, along with similar registries of death, marriages, and divorces.

The TBI provides access to vital records for genealogical and other research purposes. It can also be used to help locate missing Texas birth certificates.

Information Stored in the Texas Birth Index

The TBI contains information on approximately 15 million births from 1903-2010. However, it also stores information on some delayed birth registrations that date as far back as 1880.

Records include information on the individual’s

  • Name at birth
  • Gender at birth
  • Place and Date of birth
  • Parents’ names
  • Birth certificate number

If you need a birth record prior to 1903, and it is not in the delayed birth registration entries, you may be able to find it by checking local county records.

Accessing the Texas Birth Index

You can access the TBI through:

You’ll need some basic information to identify the records you’re searching for, including the individual’s

  • First and last name
  • Parents’ names
  • Date of birth

However, since older records may contain small errors in the data entry, you may have to enter the information in a few different ways to find the record you are searching for.

The TBI can be an invaluable resource for tracing your family tree or even uncovering your birth family if you were adopted. However, it is not possible to order a certified birth certificate copy or a replacement through the TBI. Fortunately, though, it is easy to do online using our replacement birth certificate service.

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