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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Coos County Records Inventory

Delayed Birth Records

1860-1977

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.

Delayed birth registration information is also recorded in the Circuit Court Journals from circa 1943 to circa 1965.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Delayed Birth Records-includes applications, affidavits, and certificates-documents births from ca.1860 to ca.1920-partial reel], no. 1-276, 1939-1943 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Delayed Birth Records-includes petitions, decrees, affidavits, and related records-documents births from ca.1860 to 1920-partial reel], no. 1-1000, 1943-1956 (1 reel of microfilm);
Index to Delayed Birth Records [indexes births from ca.1860-ca.1920], 1939-1944 (1 binder). 

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Applications for Delayed Birth Certificates [does not include birth dates], 1939-1944 (1 volume);
Index Circuit Court Birth Record, vol. 1, 1943-1977 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Birth Registrations [includes applications, petitions, and decrees for births from ca.1860-ca.1920], 1939-1956 (2.50 cu.ft.).

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