About the Oregon Historical Records Index

Delayed Birth Evidence Records

The records include documents submitted as evidence to the predecessor of the Oregon Health Division in support of request for the creation of a delayed birth record. Records may include:

copies from family bibles;
affidavits from witnesses to the birth or other family members alive at the time of the birth;
copies of voter registration records;
marriage record;
baptismal records;
school enrollment records;

See more description of official evidence (PDF)

Many of the births 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). 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 is may be the same county in both cases).

Related records include delayed birth records that were maintained by the counties and on a statewide basis by the Oregon Health Division.

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

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