Kansas Birth Certificates

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

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How to Obtain Kansas Birth Certificates

Most records are housed at the state's Office of Vital Statistics. Birth certificates are on file beginning 1 July 1911, with a few delayed birth certificates dating back to the 1860's. Death certificates are on file beginning 1 July 1911. Marriage records are on file beginning 1 May 1913 and divorce records are on file beginning 1 July 1951. For records prior to those dates, contact the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the event occurred. The researcher should also consult the Historical Records Survey—Kansas, titled "Guide to Public Vital Records in Kansas," which lists the location of vital records not held by the Office of Vital Statistics. It is divided into type of record—birth, marriage, death, and divorce—and then by county. For records at the Office of Vital Statistics write to:

Office of Vital Statistics
Kansas State Department of Health and Environment
1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 120
Topeka, Kansas 66612-2221

State office has had records since July 1911. For earlier records, write to County Clerk in county where event occurred. Cost for copy is $12.00. Additional copies of same record ordered at same time are $7.00 each.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Vital Statistics. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (785) 296-1400. This will be a recorded message with the option to speak with a Customer Service Representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at http://www.kdhe.state.ks.us/vital/.

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