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Ancestry.com. Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. Texas: Texas Department of State Health Services. Microfiche.

About Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997

This database is an index to over 15 million births recorded in Texas between 1903 and 1997. Information contained in this index includes:

  • Child's full name
  • Sex
  • Birth date
  • Birth county

Some records also include:

  • Names of both parents
  • Birth certificate number

In some cases, where the names of the parents are provided, the parents' names were recorded incorrectly. Occasionally the mother's name was recorded in the father's place and the father's name was recorded in the mother's place. Therefore, you may need to switch which fields you put the parents' names in, in order to produce results.

Modern birth records are extremely valuable, but many researchers, learning birth information from home sources, fail to obtain birth certificates. This reluctance is most unfortunate and can result in an inaccurate or incomplete family genealogy. Use the information in this index to request a copy of the birth certificate. The original record will typically include additional information that is not found in the index. For information on how to order a copy of a birth certificate, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website.

Modern birth records contain much more information than earlier records. Although birth certificates vary from state to state, most of them share much information in common.

Probated or delayed birth registrations were sometimes submitted to the respective county court. These were then forwarded to the State Bureau of Vital Statistics. Microfilm indexes to delayed birth records include Texas residents born elsewhere, many of whom were seeking Social Security registration. The bureau ended delayed birth registration in 1959.

Birth records will generally contain the following information: Child--name, birthplace, date of birth, sex, hospital, time of birth; Father--name, race, birthplace, age, occupation; Mother--name, race, birthplace, age, occupation, residence. Sometimes you will also learn term of residence in the community, term of pregnancy, marital status, number of other living children, number of other deceased children, number of children born dead.

On the images of the index, counties are listed with a code. For reference, the following table is provided with each county and its code.

CountyCodeCountyCodeCountyCode
Anderson1Garza85Montgomery170
Andrews2Gillespie86Moore171
Angelina3Glasscock87Morris172
Aransas4Goliad88Motley173
Archer5Gonzales89Nacogdoches174
Armstrong6Gray90Navarro175
Atascosa7Grayson91Newton176
Austin8Gregg92Nolan177
Bailey9Grimes93Nueces178
Bandera10Guadalupe94Ochiltree179
Bastrop11Hale95Oldham180
Baylor12Hall96Orange181
Bee13Hamilton97Palo Pinto182
Bell14Hansford98Panola183
Bexar15Hardeman99Parker184
Blanco16Hardin100Parmer185
Borden17Harris101Pecos186
Bosque18Harrison102Polk187
Bowie19Hartley103Potter188
Brazoria20Haskell104Presidio189
Brazos21Hays105Rains190
Brewster22Hemphill106Randall191
Briscoe23Henderson107Reagan192
Brooks24Hidalgo108Real193
Brown25Hill109Red River194
Burleson26Hockley110Reeves195
Burnet27Hood111Refugio196
Caldwell28Hopkins112Roberts197
Calhoun29Houston113Robertson198
Callahan30Howard114Rockwall199
Cameron31Hudspeth115Runnels200
Camp32Hunt116Rusk201
Carson33Hutchinson117Sabine202
Cass34Irion118San Augustine203
Castro35Jack119San Jacinto204
Chambers36Jackson120San Patricio205
Cherokee37Jasper121San Saba206
Childress38Jeff Davis122Schleicher207
Clay39Jefferson123Scurry208
Cochran40Jim Hogg124Shackelford209
Coke41Jim Wells125Shelby210
Coleman42Johnson126Sherman211
Collin43Jones127Smith212
Collingsworth44Karnes128Somervell213
Colorado45Kaufman129Starr214
Comal46Kendall130Stephens215
Comanche47Kenedy131Sterling216
Concho48Kent132Stonewall217
Cooke49Kerr133Sutton218
Coryell50Kimble134Swisher219
Cottle51King135Tarrant220
Crane52Kinney136Taylor221
Crockett53Kleberg137Terrell222
Crosby54Knox138Terry223
Culberson55La Salle142Throckmorton224
Dallam56Lamar139Titus225
Dallas57Lamb140Tom Green226
Dawson58Lampasas141Travis227
De Witt62Lavaca143Trinity228
Deaf Smith59Lee144Tyler229
Delta60Leon145Upshur230
Denton61Liberty146Upton231
Dickens63Limestone147Uvalde232
Dimmit64Lipscomb148Val Verde233
Donley65Live Oak149Van Zandt234
Duval66Llano150Victoria235
Eastland67Loving151Walker236
Ector68Lubbock152Waller237
Edwards69Lynn153Ward238
El Paso71Madison157Washington239
Ellis70Marion158Webb240
Erath72Martin159Wharton241
Falls73Mason160Wheeler242
Fannin74Matagorda161Wichita243
Fayette75Maverick162Wilbarger244
Fisher76McCulloch154Willacy245
Floyd77McLennan155Williamson246
Foard78McMullen156Wilson247
Fort Bend79Medina163Winkler248
Franklin80Menard164Wise249
Freestone81Midland165Wood250
Frio82Milam166Yoakum251
Gaines83Mills167Young252
Galveston84Mitchell168Zapata253
  Montague169Zavala254
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