Missouri Birth Certificates

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

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How to Obtain Missouri Birth Certificates

Vital records were kept on a statewide basis beginning in August, 1909. The city of St. Louis, however, began recording deaths in 1850 and births in 1870. It is estimated that about 60% compliance was met in these earlier recordings for that city. Marriage records are recorded with the county Recorder of Deeds. For birth and death records after August, 1909, write:

Missouri Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570

State office has records since January 1910. Certified copies of most Missouri birth and death records are also available from local county health department or the St. Louis City or Kansas City Health Departments. For details, please contact these offices directly. If event occurred in St. Louis (City), St. Louis County, or Kansas City before 1910, write to the city or county Health Department. Copies of these records are $10.00 each in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. In Kansas City, the fee is $6.00 for the first copy and $3.00 for each additional copy ordered at same time. Computer issued copies containing the state certification are $10.00 each.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. To verify current fees on birth and death records, the telephone number is (573) 751-6400. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at http://www.health.state.mo.us/cgi-bin/uncgi/BirthAndDeathRecords

For marriage records, and for birth and death records before August, 1909, write to the recorder of deeds of the county in question.

For earlier births and deaths in St. Louis, write:

St. Louis Vital Records
P.O. Box 14702
St. Louis, MO 63178

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