WSA Sub Neg 1772, Nurses with babies on steps, Rock Springs, May 16, 1929
Though the State of Wyoming did not begin to keep track of births until 1909, a birth record may still be available
- Albany County: births beginning in 1899
- Fremont County: Shoshone Indian Reservation, 1884 births
- Laramie County: births from February to April 1896
- Niobrara County: births dating from 1892
Most miscarriages were not issued certificates unless they were nearly full term. Some early stillbirths were issued either birth or death certificates or both. Today, if no heartbeat is detected nor a breath taken at birth, Vital Records classifies the event as a fetal death and issues a fetal death certificate. If a heartbeat is detected or breath taken after birth but the child does not survive, both a birth and a death certificate are issued.
Regardless of the form used to register a fetal death, the information becomes an open public record 50 years following the event and may be requested by any member of the public.
Birth certificate for Patrick Phillip Slattery, the 9th child born to Edmund and Porah Slattery of Lusk, Wyoming. The family later moved to South Dakota and, according to the 1940 US Census, at least another 8 children were added to the family. (Wyoming Vital Records birth certificate #522, 1912)
Birth certificates can contain a wealth of information, including:
Some certificates also include:
Often, this information is more accurate than on a death certificate as the informant is often a parent, and thus has first hand knowledge of the facts. That being said, corroborating evidence is still important.
Name changes or corrections can be filed before or after the certificate, so check the documents surrounding the one you are interested in.
For more information on a birth, or to find corroborating records, look for:
Birth certificates and the information they contain are very useful to identity thieves. To better protect Wyomingites, the Wyoming Department of Health has restricted these records for 100 years and require an application and proof of identity to view any created less than 100 years ago. After that time has passed, the certificates become open public records, available to anyone without an application.
Maybe. If the birth certificate was issued at the time of birth, the information would have been provided by the child's parents (1st hand account). If the certificate was issued long after the birth (delayed certificates), the person was required to provided supporting documentation. Early on, this could include statements from close relatives, doctors, or others who attended the birth and may or may not be accurate or 1st hand knowledge. Today, this type of documentation is no longer accepted, but the certificate may list corroborating records.
Citations are an important part of documenting your search and add credibility (and reliability) to your research.
[Name of person], [year/certificate number], birth certificate, Vital Statistics Unit, Wyoming Department of Health, [repository].
Patrick Phillip Slattery, #522/1912, birth certificate, Vital Statistics Unit, Wyoming Department of Health, as on file at the Wyoming State Archives.