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North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922


"North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922." Database. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 14 July 2020. North Carolina Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records, Raleigh.


Records Available Before 1913


Before 1913, no births were recorded by the county or state except in Raleigh beginning in 1890 and Wilmington beginning in 1904. Delayed certificates of birth were filed with the register of deeds where you ancestor was born. Begin with the register of deeds for delayed birth certificates.


If you want to find your ancestor's birth before 1913 you need to use substitute records such as:

See these substitute records on the Research Wiki.


Records Available After 1913


After 1913, the North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records became available from 1913-1922. "Some documents are hard to read because of ink bleed-through, water damage, torn pages or fading ink," according to the Research Wiki. See: North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.


You can see all the ways births after 1913 can be accessed by going to this page: How to Find North Carolina Birth Records and looking to the bottom half of the page. For right now, I would like to show you North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922.


These records can tell you:

  • Name

  • Sex

  • Address

  • If parents were married

  • Date of birth

  • Father's name, address, race, age at last birthday, birthplace, occupation

  • Mother's maiden name, race, age at last birthday, birthplace, occupation

  • Number of children to this mother born and now living, born alive and now dead, stillborn

  • Midwife/physician

The maiden name of the mother, the number of other living children, the birthplace and name of the father and the mother, and the name of the midwife or physician can to more clues about your ancestor.


Here is a record for Lillie Martin born 15 December 1922 in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina:


Lillie Martin, 15 December 1922, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922." Database. FamilySearch. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C339-HW4R-Z?cc=3477667&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AZPQN-R46Z> 14 July 2020. North Carolina Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records, Raleigh


Jim Martin and and Alena Paterson Martin were both born during the time census records were not available. We have Alena's maiden name , Paterson or maybe Patterson.


This couple had more children, seven. At least Alena did. That means we have seven more births and seven more deaths to trace the parents.


Also, could Jane Jordan be the midwife? Did she assist with the other children?


Did you know that you could look up the same birth in North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000? Earlier when I referred to the How to Find North Carolina Birth Records. It's is on the bottom half of the page.


This is Lillie Martin born 15 December 1922 in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina on the North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000:

Lillie Martin, 15 December 1922, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000, <https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VHKC-WY8?treeref=LKJS-FC8>


This record is an index held in Raleigh, North Carolina at the archives. Could it be the same record as in North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922? Does it say the same thing? There is only one way to find out.


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