Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Union 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.

Delayed birth registrations are also documented in the circuit court journals beginning with volume 45 in 1943.

Records at the Joseph Building, Map Room #6 Archives:
Birth Registrations [Delayed Birth Petitions and Decrees-documents births from ca.1870 to ca.1927-title varies], no. 1-1541, 1940-1980 (4.30 cu.ft.).

Records at the Joseph Building, Trial Court Attic Archives Room:
Circuit Court Journal [entire volume is birth decrees], vol. 50, 1949-1968 (1 volume).

Records at the Chaplin Building, Clerk's Resource Room:
Birth Registration [Records-includes petitions], ca.1955-ca.1966 (.10 cu.ft.);
Decree of Births Index [indexes birth registration case files and circuit court journal volume 50], 1940-1980 (1 volume).

Records at the Union County Law Enforcement Services Building, Microfilm Storage Room:
[Circuit Court Journal-entire volume is birth decrees], vol. 50, 1949-1968 (1 reel of microfilm).


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