Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Harney County Records Inventory

Delayed Birth Records


Series documents birth records generated by a court in response to a petition. Records may include petitions, decrees or orders, affidavits of correction, registers, and certificates. If the information provided with the petition met the requirements of the court, a decree was issued that served as a legal birth document. Most petitions were filed decades after the actual birth. They were filed in the county of residence at the time of petition, not necessarily in the county of birth. Dates listed in brackets document the range of actual birth dates. Date ranges for court actions such as petitions and decrees are also included. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Delayed births were indexed in the Circuit Court Journals beginning in circa 1959.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Delayed Birth Records [Registration-includes petitions, orders, findings, and related records-documents births from ca.1860 to ca.1920], 1939-1961 (.75 cu.ft.);
[Delayed Birth Registration Decree Index], 1943-1950 (1 volume);
Pending Registration of Birth Applications [documents births from 1889-1902-trifolded], 1953-1959 (.05 cu.ft.).


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