Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Benton County Records Inventory

Birth Records


Series documents the recording of births by the county. Records include certificates, affidavits for correction, registers, delayed entry for births and corrected entries. Information includes registration number; child's name, sex, legitimacy, birth date, and birthplace; name, residence, color, age, birthplace, and occupation of father and mother; number of other children born to mother; signature of physician or midwife; filing date; and registrar's signature. Birth records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register births. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Birth records have been inventoried through 1920. For information concerning more recent records, contact the State Registrar. Records may also include delayed birth filings that record birth dates preceding 1903. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Record of Births and Deaths, vol. 2-5, 1915-1929 (4 volumes);
Record of Births, vol. 1, 1907-1915 (1 volume).

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Recorder's Vault:
Index to Certificates of Birth [also indexes delayed birth records], vol. 1-2, ca.1868-ca.1950 (2 volumes).

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Clerk's Archive Vault:
Benton County Birth Certificates, 1920 (1 volume).

Records at the Benton County Historical Museum:
Record of Births Philomath Oregon, 1907-1916 (1 volume).


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