Birth records can be an invaluable resource for genealogists looking to research their ancestors. State and federal institutions have documented births for hundreds of years. Digital copies and indexes of more recent records are common, but their availability often depends on a state's public records law. New records and collections are constantly being adding to provide the most extensive and useful information on birth records.
Source of the Records
The birth records in this databases come from several different sources:
State Health Departments: Some states provide access to birth and other vital records for certain years. The year range available depends on the extent and quality of their record keeping, as well as the laws of the individual state or county.
Federal or State Archives: Some records, dating hundreds of year old, have been transcribed from physical records at libraries or archive depositories. Often, unpaid volunteers digitize old records so that they may be searched for, and found by historians and genealogists.