Maryland Birth Certificates

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

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How to Obtain Maryland Birth Certificates

Vital records for Maryland are found at two different repositories. Statewide births, 18981950, including those for Baltimore, 18751941; statewide death records, 18981982 (indexes 18981968), with Baltimore deaths for 18751982 (indexes 18751971); and county civil marriage records from 19141950 (indexes 19141930) are located at the Maryland Hall of Records (State Archives):

Maryland State Archives
Hall of Records Building
350 Rowe Blvd.
Annapolis, MD 21401
Tel: 800-235-4045 (MD toll free) or 410-974-3914 Fax: 410-974-3895

Maryland births from April 1898, with City of Baltimore births from January 1875; Maryland deaths occurring less than twenty years ago; and Maryland marriages from June 1951 are also available from the Division of Vital Records. Earlier marriages, usually from the 1770s to 1919, are either with the clerk of the circuit court where the license was issued or at the Maryland State Archives. Some records are at both locations.

Division of Vital Records
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
6550 Reisterstown Avenue
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0020

Fee is $12.00. Fee for Commemorative Birth Certificates is $25.00.

Check or money order should be made payable to Division of Vital Records. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (410) 764-3038. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at

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