About the Oregon Historical Records Index

Delayed Birth Records

The records document births, many of which occurred in the 1800s. These records have particular value because the State of Oregon did not require the counties to record births prior to 1903. During the pre-1903 time period only the City of Portland, which had a local ordinance, recorded births.

Delayed birth records were created for people who lacked an actual birth record but who were required to show proof of birth. Most commonly this occurred after Social Security was instituted during the Depression. Delayed birth records are based on alternate sources to determine proof of birth (such as family records or published accounts). They often include a petition or application and a decree. It is important to recognize that the county with which these records are associated is based not on the person's county of birth but rather the county in which they resided when the delayed birth application was filed (although this may be the same county in both cases).

See description of official evidence (PDF) that was required for obtaining a delayed birth record.

The records were maintained by counties and on a statewide basis by the Oregon Health Division. Also see Oregon Health Division statewide delayed birth evidence records.

State Archives • 800 Summer St. NE • Salem, OR 97310

Phone: 503-373-0701 • Fax: 503-378-4118 • reference.archives@state.or.us