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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk County Records Inventory

Birth Records

1903-1921

Series documents the recording of births by the county. Records include certificates, affidavits for correction, registers, delayed entry for births and corrected entries. Information includes registration number; child's name, sex, legitimacy, birth date, and birthplace; name, residence, color, age, birthplace, and occupation of father and mother; number of other children born to mother; signature of physician or midwife; filing date; and registrar's signature. Birth records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register births officially. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Birth records have been inventoried through 1920. For information concerning more recent records, contact the State Registrar. 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:
Birth Registers, 1903-1915 (2 volumes).

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, County Clerk's Office:
Record of Births and Deaths, 1915-1921 (1 volume).

Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722
Phone: (503) 986-1523 • Fax: (503) 986-1616 • oregon.sos@state.or.us

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