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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Sherman County Records Inventory

Delayed Birth Records

1857-1983

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. Also see Birth Records series for related records. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Delayed birth registration applications and decrees are documented in the circuit court case files (Circuit Court Case Files) and journals (Circuit Court Journals) from ca.1943 to ca.1979.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Delayed Births [includes applications and related records for births from 1857-ca.1940], no. 2597-4275, 1943-1983 (.35 cu.ft.);
Search for 1857-1902 Sherman County delayed births in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Sherman County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Birth and Death Certificates [Affidavit for Delayed Filing-documents French family births from ca.1888-1896], 1939 (.05 cu.ft.);
Births [includes delayed birth applications and related records for births from 1887-1905], 1940-1941 (.05 cu.ft.).

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