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This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find birth information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the birth section of the [[GuidedResearch:Alabama|Alabama Guided Research]] page.
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=== Additional Databases and Online Resources ===
*'''1880s-1930s: ''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collectionlocation/usa/1661470 alabama?recordType=0'''<u>Alabama Births and Christenings]Birth Collections</u>''' ] at FamilySearch {{Tooltip|Shift left=150px|Width=400px|Hover words=- (''List of collections'')|Words in popup=Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930<br>Alabama, Church Records, 1831-1994<br>Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930<br>United States Births and Christenings, 1867-1931<br>United States, Freedman's Bank Records, 1865- Incomplete1874<br>}}
====How to Request the Record When It's Not Online====
Statewide registration for births started in 1908. General compliance occurred by 1927. <br>
To learn more about record limitations and restrictions, see the article [[How to Find Alabama Birth Records#Births after 1908|How to Find Alabama Birth Records]].<br><br>
To order birth records ''after'' 1908, contact:<br>
 
:'''Alabama Department of Public Health'''<br>Alabama Vital Records<br>P.O. Box 5625<br>Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5625<br>Phone: (334) 206-5418<br>[http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/vitalrecords/ Website]<br><br>
'''NOTE:''' By law, birth certificates are confidential for 125 years from the date of birth. Only the person on the certificate or close relatives may order a birth certificate during this restricted period (see [[How to Find Alabama Birth Records#Births after 1908|Restrictions]] for more details).
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==== Additional Records with Birth Information ====Substitute records can may contain information about more than one event, and are used when records for an event are not available. Because the Records that are used to substitute records for birth events may not be have been created at the time of the event, it may contain incorrect birth. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the informationwas recorded. Search for as many substitute records as possible to corroborate information found in multiple substitute records to help improve confirm the accuracyof these records.
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| width="10%" | <center>[[Alabama Vital Records|Death Records]] </center>
| width="15%" | <center><u>[[GuidedResearch:Alabama|Alabama Death Guided Research]]</u></center>
| width="75%" | Go back to the Alabama Guided Research page, and click on "Death". Death records may include the birthdate or age of the deceased individual's birthday or . With the age at death is given, suggesting an approximate a birthdate by subtracting can be approximated. Click on the age from link to the left to return to the death date"Death" page.
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| width="10%" | <center>[[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]] </center>
| width="15%" | <center><u>[https://www.familysearch.org/search/recordlocation/resultsusa/alabama?count=20&localeSubcountryName=Alabama&collection_idrecordType=(2286030%202026973%202221801)&query=%2Brecord_country%3A%22United%20States%22%20%2Brecord_subcountry%3A%22United%20States%2CAlabama%22 2 Alabama Cemetery FS Collections]</u></center>| width="75%" | Tombstone Gravestone inscriptions and cemetery records created when may include a deceased individual was interred in a cemeterybirthdate.
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| width="10%" | <center>[[Alabama Census|Census Records]] </center>
| width="15%" | <center><u>[https://www.familysearch.org/search/recordlocation/resultsusa/alabama?countrecordType=20&localeSubcountryName=Alabama&collection_id=(1915984%201915987%202487274%201420441%201420440%201821205%201803958%201786457%201401638%201473181%201438024%201417683%201610551%201325221%201727033%201488411%201810731%202000219)&query=%2Brecord_country%3A%22United%20States%22%20%2Brecord_subcountry%3A%22United%20States%2CAlabama%22 3 U.S. Census FS Collections]</u></center>| width="75%" | Census records from 1830 onward beginning with the 1850 census give names and ages of the recorded individuals, allowing researchers to calculate estimate birth years.
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| width="10%" | <center>[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]] </center>
| width="15%" | <center>See Wiki page</center>
| width="75%" | Include baptism Baptism records, which occasionally give the individual's birthdayprovide a birthdate. Also includes In addition, a death and or burial records, sometimes giving individual's record may include an age at death, allowing researchers to calculate that can approximate birth yearsa birthdate. In order to To access these church records, researchers need to know first determine the church their ancestor attendeddenomination.
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| width="10%" | <center>[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]] </center>
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| width="75%" | Contain In addition to obituaries. Before the 21st century, obituaries were mostly restricted to leading members newspapers publish notices of a community or for those who died in an unusual mannermarriages, divorces, deaths, and funerals. While In recent years birth notices have also been published providing the majority names of the population did not have their own obituaries, such records often give parents and sex of the individual's age at death, and sometimes include birth informationchild.
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| width="10%" | <center>[[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]] </center>
| width="15%" | <center><u>[https://www.familysearch.org/search/recordlocation/resultsusa/alabama?count=20&localeSubcountryName=Alabama&collection_id=(2311973%202367299%202333694)&queryrecordType=%2Brecord_country%3A%22United%20States%22%20%2Brecord_subcountry%3A%22United%20States%2CAlabama%22 2 Alabama Obituary FS Collections]</u></center>| width="75%" | Obituaries often include the birth date birthdate and place of the deceased.
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| width="10%" | <center>[[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]] </center>
| width="15%" | <center><u>[https://www.familysearch.org/search/recordlocation/resultsusa/alabama?count=20&localeSubcountryNamerecordType=Alabama&query=%2Brecord_country%3A%22United%20States%22%20%2Brecord_subcountry%3A%22United%20States%2CAlabama%22&collection_id=(1471019%201825347%201861144%201877095%201880762%201910717%201913388%201916228%201916230%201916249%201919699%201922519%201937233%201968530%201979390%201979425%201979427%201987567%202028680%202039747%202069831%202250027%202250054) 5 Alabama Military FS Collections]</u></center>| width="75%" | May provide Post-Civil War records may include the age date and/or place of birth date of the individuals who served in military positions.
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| width="10%" | <center>[[United States Bible Records|Bible Records]] </center>
| width="15%" | <center>See Wiki page</center>
| width="75%" | May Family bibles may include dates and places of birth for family members, however the accuracy of this information is contingent upon when the information was recorded.
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=== Tips for finding births ===
Successfully finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:
:*'''Spelling variations.''' Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.:*'''Search parents.''' Search for the parents , if known. A , as the child's first name may not be on the birth record.:*'''Search given name.''' Search by given name (leave out the last name)with the approximate date of birth.:*'''Add information.''' For common names, add more information to narrow the searchsuch as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.:*'''Date range.''' Expand the date range of the searchby 5 years.:*'''Search state.''' Search using the state name only instead of by county.
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=== Known Record Gaps ===
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*'''1881'''--Some counties, inconsistent coverage.*'''1908'''--Statewide registration.*'''1927'''--Compliance to statewide registration.
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'''Records Publishedby FamilySearch'''<br>Collection coverage tables show the places and time periods of original records publishedby FamilySearch. Check For any FamilySearch collections you did not find your ancestor in, check the coverage table for gaps in the collections you searched which did not include online collection. If the time period or location your ancestor. Gaps lived in is missing from the online collection , it may require searches in other records found at original repository or original birth finding substitute records at an archive.*[http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/AL_FRBfor the event.html County birth holdings, Alabama]
*[[Alabama Births and Christenings, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records) |Alabama Births and Christenings, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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