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Vital Records

Delayed Birth Indices

As stated in the introduction to the Vital Records section of this website, birth, marriage and death events were not required until a state law went into effect on 01 Oct 1907.  While this may be a major inconvenience when seeking genealogical data, mainly for marriage and death records, it was even more so, and became blantantly apparent that a birth record was necessary to establish proper identification for individuals.  This was especially true when people sought to establish Social Security eligibility, which required a birth record. Therefore, a system was developed to record these DELAYED BIRTHS.  A vast majority of these delayed birth registrations were filed between 1940 and 1942.  People seeking to register their births were required to do so in the county where they were born and were required to present evidence as to the facts of their birth.  Proof came from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to, school records, Bible records, census records, insurance records, church records, etc.

Another reason for many of these delayed birth records is due to the fact that many births recorded earlier had no names, missing information or wrong information.  These delayed birth records have been recorded by the county to correct previous mistakes and omissions or to provide the information that may not have been recorded at the time of birth.  Make note that these delayed birth records do not necessarily contain all of the information that is generally found on an original birth record. 

PLEASE NOTE:  the names in  these indices are spelled as they appear in the official county records.  No attempt has been made, nor will be made, to change or correct the spellings of these names.  Please be sure to check all spelling variants when  searching for a name.

The births indices found with this website were compiled from the actual delayed birth records on file at the Washburn Co. Register of Deeds Office covering the years 1883 through 1907.  Volume and page numbers have been included to enable you to order the records you are seeking.   See ordering information for details. 

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