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Pamlico County Birth Index
(late 1800's - 1930)
On 10 March 1913, the North Carolina General Assembly ratified an act requiring the registration of births and deaths in the state; virtually full compliance was achieved by 1920, with some delayed birth records for earlier dates eventually added. The indexes to these records are available in the county where the event took place or on microfilm at the North Carolina State Archives and the Family History Library.
Original copies of birth certificates can be obtained from Department of Environmental, Health and Natural Resources, Vital Records Section, P.O. Box 29537, Raleigh, North Carolina 27626. The register of deeds in the county where the birth was filed also may be able to provide a copy of the birth certificate.
With the information provided in this index, you may be able to obtain a copy of a birth certificate. If possible, it is important that you do this because often more information is provided in an original record than is provided in its index. For information on how to order a copy of a birth certificate, visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Vital Records Division website.
Information contained in this index includes:
Child's full name
Occasionally one of the parents' names
Book & Page Number
Development of Social Security and other government programs that required proof of a birth date necessitated the recording of births that had occurred prior to 1913 or whose birth in a later year escaped the notice of registrars. Delayed birth certificates were filed if needed for Social Security proof, a passport, or for other reasons. Individuals must furnish documentary proof of birth date or age, birthplace, and parentage from such other records as family Bibles, marriage licenses, children's birth certificates, affidavits of older relatives or others with personal knowledge, insurance policies, school records, voter registration records, military records, and other sources. The certificates show the registrant's name at birth, sex, and date of birth; attendant at birth (if known); birthplace (city & county); full name of father, his color and birthplace; maiden name of mother and her color and birthplace; signature of registrant or his/her representative; relationship of representative to registrant; dated notarization of the registrant's oath of the truth of statements; abstracts of the supporting evidence identifying the proofs by description, location and date; statement of the facts given in each proof on the subjects birth date or age, birthplace, and parentage; signature of register of deeds; and date of filing. Present owners of family Bibles can often be identified by consulting delayed birth certificates. Delayed Certificates of Birth are filed chronologically in the county of birth but are indexed apart from other vital statistics. I have included Pamlico's Delayed Birth Certificates in this index and the Delayed Birth Book is denoted by "Del." preceding the book number.