Virginia, Richmond Birth Index - FamilySearch Historical Records
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- 1 Record Description
- 2 How to Use the Record
- 3 Related Websites
- 4 Related Wiki Articles
- 5 How You Can Contribute
- 6 Citations for This Collection
Record Description[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of a card index to births in the city of Richmond, Virginia for the years 1870 to 1912. The cards are generally arranged alphabetically by the surname and given name(s) of the individual. Many of the cards are typed.
Record Content[edit | edit source]
The key genealogical facts in these birth indexes generally include the following information:
- Full date of birth
- Race of Child and Parents
- Full name of Father
- Child's given name
- Full name of Mother
- Certificate number
How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]
To begin your search in the index you need to know the following:
- Child's name
- Approximate birth date
- General birth place
Search the Collection[edit | edit source]
To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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Using the Information[edit | edit source]
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
Tips to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]
- It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
- When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
- The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records, such as employment or military records.
- The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and help establish a migration pattern for the family.
- The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?[edit | edit source]
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Virginia, Richmond items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Virginia Archives and Libraries. For additional information about this city see the wiki article Richmond, Virginia.|
General Information About These Records[edit | edit source]
Virginia registration of births, deaths, and marriages began on a county level in 1853 and continued until 1896. Many counties abandoned registration during the Civil War, or recorded only a small percentage of events. Except in some independent cities, records were not kept between 1896 and 14 June 1912, when statewide registration of vital statistics began. Early records, 1853–96, have been microfilmed and are available at The Library of Virginia and the FHL. Marriage bonds and licensing were in place from the 1600s in Virginia, though are sporadic and fragmented. They are usually found among the county levels of records, and are often published.
Related Websites[edit | edit source]
Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]
How You Can Contribute[edit | edit source]
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Citations for This Collection[edit | edit source]
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Virginia, Richmond City Birth Index, 1870-1912." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Library of Virginia, Richmond.