Enter a name to search for Florida birth certificates. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to Florida birth certificates.. Additional information on how to obtain Florida 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 Florida birth records, Florida birth ceritificates, Florida birth notices, Florida birth indexes, and other related Florida 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 Florida. We also suggest searching for "Florida birth records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.
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How to Obtain Florida Birth Certificates
Though statewide vital registration was mandated in 1899, birth and death records prior to 1917 are fragmented and inconsistent. Those after 1917 are deposited with the state's Bureau of Vital Statistics, as are most earlier birth and death registrations. That same office has jurisdiction over marriage records dated after 6 June 1927.
For birth and death records, and marriage records after 6 June 1927, write:
State of Florida Dept. of Health
State office has some birth records dating back to April 1865 and some death records dating back to August 1877. The majority of records date from January 1917. (If the exact date is unknown, the fee is $9.00 (births) or $5.00 (deaths) for the first year searched and $2.00 for each additional year up to a maximum of $50.00. Fee includes one certification of record if found or certified statement stating record not on file.) Additional copies are $4.00 each when requested at the same time.
Personal check or money order should be made payable to Office of Vital Statistics. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (904) 359-6900. This will be a recorded message.
All letters or applications must include a copy of a PICTURE ID of the applicant and the signature and relationship/eligibility must be notarized.
For prior records, contact the clerk of the county in question.
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