Search Birth Records and Announcements in Newspapers 1767–1999

Search Birth Records and Announcements in Newspapers 1767-1999

Find your ancestors' birth records published in newspapers. Read birth announcements, see baby photos and discover clues in birth notices that can help you trace your family tree in our newspaper archives.

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6 Family Facts you can find in birth records
1 Name of the new infant
2 Date of birth
3 Birthplace
4 Names of the parents
5 Names of siblings
6 Names of the grandparents
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The name of the child is not always provided in birth records. Search for births by the surname. You may limit your search by date or location.

Birth Records—Newspapers have been announcing births since the 1700s.

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It is common to see births in newspapers all across the United States. Newspapers regularly published birth records with names of the new infant; date of birth; birthplace; names of the parents (including mother's maiden name); and often the

names of siblings, grandparents; and other genealogical information. Newspapers often had regular columns for all local area births and were sometimes listed by the name of the hospital.

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Birth Records Search Tips

Use this search to find birth announcements and notices in the historical newspaper archives. This online collection contains birth records as published in U.S. newspapers from 1767-1999.

Broad Birth Record Search

When searching birth announcements in the newspaper archives, you may initially try entering the first and last name of the child and the year that child was born.

Note that birth notices are sometimes published in newspapers before the newborn is named. If you do not find your target person, follow up by searching using only the surname and expand the date range spanning a year or two before and after when you think the child was born. You may need to select a location in order to narrow the birth record search results.

Search for Siblings

To search for siblings in the birth records archive, search using the family surname and follow up with a search using the father’s first and last name along with a 100-year date range. Births, marriages, and obituaries often named the parents and other relatives of the target person. Gathering all of the relevant articles about a family will help you to complete your family tree.

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