If you need to locate the place of birth for a long-lost relative or a living person, there are various methods you can utilize to discover a persons birthplace. Using resources such as the internet and public records pin-pointing a person’s place of birth can be done in the comfort of your living room. Take note, obtaining a copy of a birth certificate may not be possible if you are not a direct relative of the person as these records are considered confidential.
Compile detailed information for the person you are researching. This information should include their full name, last known location and date of birth. If you are unable to locate all of this information, ask relatives or friends of the person to gain as much information as possible.
Navigate your web browser to online resources to help pinpoint where the individual was born. Websites such as Ancestry.com allow you to look up individuals based on their full name to try to access birth records.
Contact the state department of public health office of vital records where you believe the person was born. The CDC National Vital Statistics System offers a state-by-state list of health departments/vital records offices. You may also contact hospitals, circuit courts, funeral homes or county registrars to gain birth records. Take note, every state safeguards birth records as confidential information. Thus, to gain access to a birth record you must be directly related to the person you’re wishing to locate.
If the birth record you are seeking is over 125 years old, the information is no longer considered confidential, thus you can request a copy of the birth certificate even if you are not a direct relative.
Do not claim to be a relative of the person when requesting birth records if you are not.
CDC National Vital Statistics System: Where to Write for Vital Records
USA People Directory: Where Were My Loved Ones Born?