Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Lincoln 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.
Birth registration decrees are recorded with other circuit court actions in circuit court case files, journals, dockets, and indexes from 1943 to circa 1955. These entries document births from circa 1870 to circa 1920 (see Circuit Court Case Files, Circuit Court Dockets, and Circuit Court Journals).