Why can't I find records of my sister birth
How come I can't find my sister birth records she was born in Washington state to Diane and Henry Don Smith her name is Kathleen Smith born in 1962 in Washington state but her step dad adopted her when she was 12
I dare say that in most states, 1962 births will not become public information for many, many decades yet.0
Others have already indicated that due to privacy laws, it may be years before birth records for individuals who may still be living will be available for someone born in 1962. When we consider how serious identity theft has become, it is recommended that we avoid posting information about individuals in a public setting such as the Community pages of FamilySearch which can be accessed easily over the internet.
To determine what record collections are available for Washington State Births, please consider going to the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Sign into your account and click Search and then Research Wiki. Type Washington Birth Records into the search field and you will find several helpful Wiki articles about finding birth records in the state of Washington. The most helpful article I found is available through the following URL:
This article provides embedded links to online genealogical record collections from Washington State including several collections of just birth records. Please note the years mentioned for these record collections and I believe you will verify the answer to your own question about why your sister's birth record is not available.
Additional links on the far right of this article will help you with any continued research you may wish to do in Washington State. I hope you will find this information helpful.0
@VICKIESIMMONS6 , A further complication to obtaining your sister’s birth record is her adoption. I tried to get my half-brother’s birth certificate after his death and found that in my state I no longer qualified as a sibling because of the adoption.
You can try getting a birth certificate through the Washington State Department of Health. I see siblings qualify unless the adoption disqualifies you. Failing at that you would need to find a living qualified applicant to request the certificate for you.
@VICKIESIMMONS6 , this looks promising.
Noncertified Informational Copy of a Birth Record
What is a noncertified informational copy of a birth record?
Noncertified informational copies of birth records do not get issued on the certified paper with security features. They cannot be used for legal purposes. It will contain the same information as a birth certificate and a watermark stating “Cannot be used for legal purposes. Informational only.” Please check with the agency or organization requesting the record before ordering an informational copy.
Anyone can request a noncertified informational copy of a birth record. You do not need to provide proof of identity and proof of a qualified relationship to the subject of the record.
How do I get an noncertified informational copy?
You must complete the following steps to request and receive a noncertified informational copy of a birth record:
- Submit an application with required pieces of information.
- Pay the applicable fee(s). Fees start at $25 per copy. Other fees may apply depending on ordering or shipping method.