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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 history.

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Family Facts You Can Find In Birth Records

  1. Date of birth
  2. Birthplace
  3. Name of the infant
  4. Names of the parents & occupations
  5. Names of siblings
  6. Names of the grandparents
  7. Mother’s maiden name
  8. Baptism records & religious affiliation
  9. Baby & family photos
  10. Size, hair color, eye color, weight

Birth Records Search Tips

  • The name of the newborn is not always provided in birth records. If you can’t find your ancestor’s birth record by their first name, we recommend searching by the surname.
  • Further narrow your results, by limiting your search by date or location. For example, if your family lived in New Orleans, start with searching New Orleans birth records.
  • Search for birth records of all family members. The details noted in one birth record might include clues for another ancestor.

Birth Records - A Vital Family History Record

Births are a joyous occasion everyone wants to share. Although it’s uncommon to see formal newspaper birth announcements today, this was the norm for many generations. Parents were proud to introduce their newest little ones and shared the news in local newspapers shortly after the birth date. With the timely publication, birth announcements in old newspapers are invaluable resources in building your family tree.

The United States did not have a standardized registration system until 1902. However, newspapers have been announcing births since the 1700s. As such, birth announcements in newspapers can help you trace family members born before the early 1900s. Additionally, birth records can provide clues to help you track down ancestor’s birth certificates.

In addition to the wealth of information birth records and announcements provide about your ancestry, you can also find vintage baby photos of your family members. It was very common for newspapers to carry photos of babies on their first birthday. Use newspaper birth announcements to discover the faces behind the names on your family tree. Who knows, maybe that’s where your family’s nose came from...?

Genealogists refer to birth, marriage, and death records as vital records, each providing critical details and clues into your family heritage. These records were usually published shortly after the event, leaving fewer details to memory. As such, birth records are often considered an accurate genealogy record.

GenealogyBank helps you search and research your family's origins by finding out when and where someone was born. Find the starting point of your ancestor's life or even your entire family tree with newspaper birth announcements!

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