Enter a name to search for Alabama birth certificates. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to Alabama birth certificates.. Additional information on how to obtain Alabama birth certificates is available below.
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Birth certificates contain information about a person's birth, including the date of birth, place of birth, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the birth. Birth certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.
Birth certificates can be used to establish a person's date and place of birth. Most birth certificates provide the mother's maiden name. Birth certificates are often required to obtain other documents, licenses or to prove eligibility.
This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Alabama birth records, Alabama birth ceritificates, Alabama birth notices, Alabama birth indexes, and other related Alabama genealogy records.
Birth records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the birth takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store birth records into various online archives. This has brought access to online birth records much more easier for genealogy researchers.
Newspapers frequently publish notices of births, and in addition to birth certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists. Newspapers typically do not announce the names of the newborn, but list the sex of the child, the names of the parents, the place and date of birth.
On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing birth records of Alabama. We also suggest searching for "Alabama birth records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.
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How to Obtain Alabama Birth Certificates
An Act of 1881 provided that all births and deaths in the state of Alabama were to be registered with a county health officer, but the legislation was adhered to carelessly at best. State-level registration of births and deaths in Alabama began January 1st, 1908. The state, however, did not achieve a 90% completeness of birth registration until 1927, and of death registration until 1925. For birth and death records prior to 1908, and marriages prior to 1936, write to the clerk of the county in question. For birth and death records after 1908, and marriages after 1936, write:
Alabama Vital Records
Personal check or money order should be made payable to Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (334) 206-5418. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at http://www.adph.org.
Note: Birth and Death records are closed for 125 years except to family. Information for marriages prior to 1936 must be obtained from the probate office in the county where the marriage license was issued. Information for divorces prior to 1950 must be obtained from the circuit court in the county where the divorce was granted.
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