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Most genealogists search Birth records such as Church records and Vital Stats (Birth Registrations or Certificates). If we don't find our ancestor in one of those birth records, we're stuck! Where to search next? My ABF (Ancestor Birth Finder) can help.

What happens when a child is born? When a woman becomes pregnant? What events take place around the birth of a child? What kind of birth record paper trail is created on the birth of an individual? The answers to these questions will lead you to other sources of birth records and hopefully end that brick-wall.

When an ancestor is born, many records leading up to and surrounding that birth might be created. Let's talk about records kept before an ancestor birth and those created after a birth.

Did your ancestor seek medical care while pregnant?

Look for records of your ancestor in health care records before birth

The child is born- what happens now?

There may be a newspaper account of the birth. There may be a doctor certificate of birth and possibly registration of the birth. A midwife may have been used

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Family Members Record the Birth

Baby Gifts are Bought

Sometimes family or friends buy gifts that memoralize the baby's birth.
  • Baby's birth plate often features Baby's Name, Weight, Date of Birth and Time of Birth
  • Baby's christening cup has name of child and sometimes a date of birth

Birth Records for Institutions

If your ancestor was born while the mother was in prison or an Almshouse or Workhouse, you may want to search

The Child is Baptised in a Church

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  • Framed Baptism or Christening Certificate

Birth Date Recorded in Later Years

If your ancestor joined the military as an adult, you might find his birth date recorded at the time he signed up. Search
  • Military Enlistment Papers (Attestation Papers)
If your ancestor ever took out a Passport or was Naturalized, his date of birth will be recorded in those papers. Search

Birth Date Recorded at Other Life Events

An ancestor's birth date is often recorded throughout his or her life. Search the following:
  • Death Records such as Tombstone, Cemetery, Obituary, Coffin Plate, Funeral Card
  • Military Record
  • Driver's Licence

Age Recorded throughout Life

An ancestor's age, or approximate age, is recorded throughout his or her life. If you are really stuck, try to find an age in Get Help finding Ancestors with Ancestor Birth Record Finder | Ancestor Marriage Record Finder | Ancestor Death Record Finder


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