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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk County Records Inventory

Delayed Birth Records

1855-1983

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:
Birth Register [Petitions for Registration of Birth Docket-Delayed Birth], 1943-1983 (2 volumes);
Petition for Registration of Birth [Delayed Birth Certificates], 1855-1954 (8 cu.ft.);
Search for 1855-1910 Polk County delayed births in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, County Clerk's Office:
[Registration of Births-Delayed Birth Petition Register], vol. 1-2, 1943-1974 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Polk County Historical Society Museum, Archives:
Circuit Court Journal Registration of Births [Delayed-includes decrees documenting births from ca.1883 to ca.1931-with index], vol. 2, 1956-1967 (1 volume).

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