Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Clatsop 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. Also see Delayed 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:
Birth Cards [Register], 1907-1915 (.25 cu.ft.);
Birth Records [includes only 18 certificates], 1886-1920 (.05 cu.ft.);
Births Astoria Precinct No. 1 [Index-includes entries referring to delayed birth decrees in circuit court case files beginning in 1943], 1894-1947 (1 volume);
Record of Births, 1907-1915 (2 volumes);
Record of Births and Deaths, 1915-1921 (2 volumes).

Records at the Clatsop County Public Services Bldg. 820, Clerk, Records & Elections Division Office, Public Microfilm Cabinet:
Birth Records, 1907-1915 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Clatsop County Historical Society, Archives:
Record of Births and Deaths [East County], 1915-1949 (1 volume).


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