North Carolina Birth Certificates

Enter a name to search for North Carolina birth certificates. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to North Carolina birth certificates.. Additional information on how to obtain North Carolina birth certificates is available below.

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

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How to Obtain North Carolina Birth Certificates

North Carolina began requiring statewide registration of births and deaths in March, 1913. Compliance was considered full by 1920. Marriage records are found recorded with the Register of Deeds in each county after 1868. Prior to that time marriages could be solemnized by numerous authorities, so records were sporadically kept. Marriage bonds are available for about half of the counties, and some marriages will be found in almost every county.

For birth records after 1913, write:

NC Vital Records
1903 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1903

State office has birth records since October 1913 and death records since January 1, 1946. Cost for copy is $15.00. Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $5.00 each. Personal check or money order should be made payable to NC Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (919) 733-3526. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/

For prior records, write to the clerk of the county in question.

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