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Birth records and certificates are very important in various processes like obtaining a passport, getting an identification or just doing family history research. In case you are an orphan, you may also want to obtain your birth record in order to find out who your parents are. Generally a birth record includes name of the baby, full name of his/her parents, date of birth and the county or city where the birth took place. In order to find a person’s birth certificate, you need to have some vital information in your hand like the name of the person and the city where the person was born.

You need to go through the steps that are mentioned below in order to do a birth records search:-

• First of all collect as much as information as possible about the person for who you would like to find birth certificate. You should collect all particular information like name of the person and approximate date of birth. Information like the state in which the person was born will help you to find birth record of a person in an easier manner. You can find out when someone was born with the required information that is essential for locating the birth records on other certificates like marriage or divorce certificates etc. You can even find a website to look at birth information free of cost and search for peoples birth dates. But be careful while searching on these sites because if you enter wrong information, you will get a message like “no record found”. That is why if you do a free birth records search online be careful and remember you typically get what you pay for. So if you have a chance to get your birth certificate free, then think twice.

• The next step in order to get a birth certificate is contacting the vital records office. Go to the above mentioned office of the city or county where the person was born. Some people have a myth that hospitals also issue these birth certificates. But hospitals are not authorized to issue a copy and you can not get your birth certificate at the hospital. In order to locate the vital records office, you can go to the county health dept or vital records office. You can get county office information from the phonebook of the city where the person was born. You can also find out where to write for vital records or order an official birth certificate too.

• After reaching the vital records office, you have to write an application and you have to make a request for a birth certificate of a particular person. You can make a request for more than one record. But be careful while mentioning the vital information of the person. See to it that it does not contain any confusing and conflicting family information. You have to provide the vital information like first name and last name of the person whose birth record you are seeking, his/her date of birth, and place of birth if known. Then put the application concerning the birth record in an envelope named SASE (Self addressed, self stamped envelope) and pay the fees required to replace your lost birth certificate or whatever the reason, which is usually less than $50. In this manner, you will find out when someone was born, see when someone’s birth date is and even get to look at somebody’s birth certificate online.