Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Clatsop County Records Inventory

Delayed Birth Records


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. 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.

From 1943 to circa 1960s the circuit court case files, indexes, and journals include delayed birth petitions, decrees, and related entries for births dating from circa 1870 to circa 1920.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
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).


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