Ancestry Research - Birth Certificates
Birth certificates are an importance source for family history research. A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a child.
The documentation of births is a practice that began long before the birth of Christ, particularly in China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Persia. The original purpose of birth registration was for tax purposes and for the determination of available military manpower. Births were initially registered with churches, who maintained registers of births. This practice continued into the 19th century.The compulsory registration of births with governmental agencies is a practice that originated in the United Kingdom in 1853.