Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Linn 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 the petition, not necessarily in the county of birth. 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:
Circuit Court Journal Record of Births [Delayed Birth Registration Decrees-documents births from ca.1860 to ca.1930], vol. 1-3, 1943-1970 (3 volumes);
Delayed Birth Certificates [includes petitions, supporting documents, and decrees-documents births from ca.1860 to ca.1930], 1860-1961 (7.50 cu.ft.);
General Index to Birth Certificates [Established Through Circuit Court], 1943-1970 (1 volume);
Search for 1860-1905 Linn County delayed births in Oregon Historical Records Index.

State Archives • 800 Summer St. NE • Salem, OR 97310

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