Delaware Birth Certificates

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Delaware birth certificates

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 Delaware birth records, Delaware birth ceritificates, Delaware birth notices, Delaware birth indexes, and other related Delaware 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 Delaware. We also suggest searching for "Delaware birth records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain Delaware Birth Certificates

Though the Bureau of Vital Statistics was created in 1913, many records have been transferred to the State Archives in recent years. Records of the bureau after 1913 are restricted, and copies are only available to those with "a direct interest" or a need to establish personal or property rights. The city of Wilmington has had a registrar of vital statistics since 1881. For birth records after 1920 and death and marriage records from 1953, write:

Office of Vital Statistics
Division of Public Health
P.O. Box 637
Dover, DE 19903-0637

A photo identification is REQUIRED for all transactions. If submitting by mail, a copy of ID IS REQUIRED. Personal check or money order should be made payable to Office of Vital Statistics. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (302) 744-4549.

For prior records:

Delaware State Archives
Hall of Records
Bureau of Archives and Records Management
Duke of York St. & Legislative Ave.
Dover, DE 19901
Tel: 302-674-5680 302-739-5318 Fax: 302-739-6710

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