Enter a name to search for New Jersey birth certificates. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to New Jersey birth certificates.. Additional information on how to obtain New Jersey 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 New Jersey birth records, New Jersey birth ceritificates, New Jersey birth notices, New Jersey birth indexes, and other related New Jersey 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 New Jersey. We also suggest searching for "New Jersey birth records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.
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How to Obtain New Jersey Birth Certificates
Among the Mid-Atlantic states, New Jersey has the longest continuing run of statewide registration of births, marriages, and deaths, which began in May 1848. The New Jersey State Archives has these records with indexes through 1923 for births and through 1940 for marriages and deaths. Marriages were also to be kept by the county clerks from 1795.
For birth records through 1923 and marriage and death records through 1940, write:
New Jersey State Archives
For birth records since 1923 and marriages since 1940, as well as records going back to June 1878, write:
NJ Vital Statistics
The above office has records since June 1878. Cost for copy is $4.00. Additional copies of same record ordered at same time are $2.00 each. If the exact date is unknown, the fee is an additional $1.00 per year searched.
Personal check or money order should be made payable to State Registrar. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (609) 292-4087. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at http://www.state.nj.us.health/vital/vital.htm
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