Birth Certificates: Why You Need a Copy of Yours, and How to Access it
A birth certificate is a document that is presented to every United States citizen upon their birth. This document contains a persons’ birth date, name and the location of their birth, as well as the name, age, race, birthplace and occupation of both of their parents. Having access to your birth certificate is important, as there are many situations in which you may be required to present a copy of yours. The problem for many people is that their parents may have lost their birth certificate a long time ago. This article will discuss how to gain access to a copy of your birth certificate, the reasons that it is important to have access to your birth certificate, as well as the benefit of using a birth certificate index to access your records.
In order to gain access to your birth certificate records, you will need to consult the birth certificate index for the state in which you were born. Each state controls the birth records for the people who have been born there, and most have transferred these records, or are in the process of transferring these records to online indexes. The Index for the state in which you were born will have guidelines on how to request a copy of your birth certificate. Some states do require signed paperwork in order for you to receive a copy of your birth certificate, and in most states there is a charge upon requesting a copy.
There are several reasons that it is important to always have a copy of your birth certificate, the main reason being that it is your main proof of your U.S. citizenship; your birth certificate proves you were born in the U.S. if your citizenship status were to come under question. It is also important to have a copy of your birth certificate for the purpose of obtaining certain documents; many states require you to present your birth certificate in order to receive a driver’s license, and it is always required to present your birth certificate in order to request a passport.
Aside from learning how to request a copy of your birth certificate, state birth certificate indexes can also be useful in tracking genealogy. Since ancestry can be difficult to trace for those who do not have access to their family histories, new state birth certificate indexes are a fantastic way for people to easily trace their genealogy. In most of the indexes, all you have to do is look up your name and you can then instantly trace your family history from there.
Birth certificates are one of the most useful and important documents to have; they provide proof that you are a U.S citizen, and they allow you to obtain important documents including driver’s licenses’ and passports. New state birth certificate indexes are a great tool as they allow you to trace your family line, and for many people they are the only way that they can trace their lineage, and find out where they came from. For these reasons it is important that you know how to access the state indexes, and that you always have a copy of you and your families’ birth certificates.