Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Jefferson 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 Jefferson County Administration Building, Clerk's Record Room:
Birth Decrees [Delayed Birth Records-also includes applications and related records documenting births from ca.1880 to ca.1935], 1943-1984 (1.50 cu.ft.);
Birth [Delayed Birth Registration Records-documents births from ca.1910 to ca.1925], 1975-1982 (.25 inch of aperture cards).
Records at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Archives:
Birth Petitions [Register-includes no birth dates-with index], 1975-1984 (1 binder).
Records at the Jefferson County Public Works Department Office, Vault:
Birth Decree [Delayed Birth Registration Records-documents births from ca.1910 to ca.1925], 1975-1982 (.25 inch of aperture cards).