Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Deschutes 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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Delayed Births [Registration Records-documents births from 1863 to 1948], 1943-ca.1961 (1.35 cu.ft.);
Search for 1863-1910 Deschutes County Delayed Births in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Deschutes County Justice Building Basement, Court Archives Room 18:
Circuit Court Birth Register [Delayed Birth Registrations], 1943-1983 (1 reel of microfilm);
Circuit Court Journal [includes delayed birth registrations from ca.1870 to ca.1920], vol. 13-14, 1943-1945 (2 volumes);
Circuit Court Journal [includes delayed birth registrations from ca.1880 to ca.1940-with index], vol. 15-47, 1945-1966 (33 volumes).


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