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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Benton County Records Inventory

Delayed Birth Records

1862-1972

Series documents birth records generated by a court in response to a petition. Records may include petitions, decrees or orders, affidavits of correction, registers, and certificates. If the information provided with the petition met the requirements of the court, a decree was issued that served as a legal birth document. Most petitions were filed decades after the actual birth. They were filed in the county of residence at the time of petition, not necessarily in the county of birth. Dates listed in brackets document the range of actual birth dates. Date ranges for court actions such as petitions and decrees are also included. See the Oregon Historical Records Index to search for entries from related delayed birth certificates and evidences previously held by the Oregon Health Division. Also see Birth Records series for related records. 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:
Circuit Court Journal Record of Births [Delayed Birth Registrations-documents births from 1862 to 1935], 1943-1962 (2 volumes);
Search for 1862-1901 Benton County delayed birth records in Oregon Historical Records Index.

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);
Miscellaneous Record Recorder [includes delayed birth records-title varies-with index], vol. 5-9, 1945-1967 (5 volumes).

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Clerk's Archive Vault:
Birth Records [Affidavits for Correction of a Birth Record-documents births from ca.1907-ca.1943], 1942-1945 (1 volume);
Corrections of Birth Records by Affidavits [documents births from ca.1907-ca.1936], 1940-1943 (1 volume);
Delayed Entry of Births [Certificates-documents births from ca.1867-ca.1936], no. 9-143, 1940-1942 (1 volume).

Records at the Benton County Historical Museum:
[Decree of Birth Reg. Birth Petitions Correction of Birth Records-Benton County Transfer 2006 Records], 1948-1972 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Delayed Birth Certificates Decrees for Registration of Birth-Benton County Transfer 2006 Records], 1939-1948 (1 reel of microfilm).

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