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Birth Registration

December 21, 2014

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Profile America — Sunday, December 21st. This month in 1823, Georgia became the first state to enact a birth registration law. It required county clerks to record in a book the dates of births of all new Georgians upon obtaining satisfactory proof by way of affidavit or sworn oaths. Enumerations of people go back to antiquity, but births were little noted outside of family and church records and the memory of neighbors. This informal method held true until Georgia's action in 1823, which by 1919 were mirrored in all states. However, not until 1902 was the Bureau of Census established as a permanent agency to develop birth registration areas, and a standard registration system adopted in the 1930's. In the U.S. today, babies are born, and nearly universally certified, at a rate of about 8 per minute. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <>.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: November 24, 2014