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How to Find Out What Time You Were Born


If you're trying to figure out what time you were born, there are a few ways to go about it.

The easiest option is to ask your parents or other relatives who might know (however, this is a pretty obvious first take). Another possibility is to check old family records, such as birth certificates, baby books, or family trees - sometimes they have a time record.

The last option is a bit more extensive and would require you to contact the hospital or government institution where your birth was registered. This is probably the most reliable method, but also the most time-consuming.

Here are some specific things that will help you workout how to find out what time you were actually born:

  • Copy of your birth certificate & legal ID confirmation.
  • Information about your parents (names, their birth dates and so on).
  • Hospital you were born at (and the date of birth)

If you take the route of contacting the hospital, they may require some or all of these items in order to look up your records.

Looking up this information can be helpful for a variety of reasons. For example, many people believe that the time of day you were born can influence your astrological sign.

Additionally, some cultures place a lot of importance on what time of day a baby is born - often holding special ceremonies or celebrations to mark the occasion. Knowing the exact time you were born can also be a fun piece of trivia to share with friends and family.

No matter what your reasons are, with a little bit of digging it's usually possible to find out what time you were born.


1. Locate Your Birth Certificate

The first step is to find your birth certificate. If you don't have a copy, you can usually request one from the government institution in the country where you were born - for example, if you were born in the United States, you would contact the state department of vital records.

Most countries keep records of births, so it shouldn't be too difficult to track down your certificate. If you get the long form version of your birth certificate, chances are you it will have the time listed there and then. Sometimes you just have the day, month and year, without the actual time.

Even if your birth certificate doesn't have the exact time listed, it will likely say 'AM' or 'PM' next to the day. This can give you a general idea of whether you were born in the morning or afternoon/evening.

2. Gather Additional Information

If you're having trouble finding your birth certificate or you were born outside of a hospital, you may need to provide additional information about your parents or relatives.

This could include their full names, dates of birth, and other identifying information. The more information you have, the easier it will be to track down records.

If you're unsure about any of this information, try reaching out to other family members who might know. Oftentimes, grandparents or older relatives are a good source of information about earlier generations.


3. Contact the Hospital or Institution

Once you have your birth certificate and any other relevant information, you can start contacting the hospital or institution where you were born.

Give them a call or send an email with your request, making sure to include all of the required information. If possible, it's always best to follow up with a physical letter as well.

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Most places will be able to look up your records and tell you the exact time you were born, as long as you provide enough information.

If they can't provide you with the information right there and then, they should at least give you an idea of how to proceed. They might refer you to a Bureau of Vital Statistics or a local County Hall where birth records are kept.

4. Order a Time Record

If you were born outside of a hospital or if the institution you contacted can't find your records, you may need to order a time record from the government.

This is usually only possible if you were born in the past 100 years or so, as older records are often lost or destroyed.

To order a time record, you'll need to contact the vital records department in the country where you were born and request the document.

You may need to provide additional information, such as your parents' full names and dates of birth. There is usually a fee for this service, and it can take several weeks to get the document.


5. Check Family Records

If you're still having trouble, another option is to check old family records. This could include things like baby books, photo albums, or family Bibles.

Oftentimes, these records will have the time of birth listed, even if the official documents don't. This is a good option if you don't have a copy of your birth certificate or you can't get in touch with the hospital.

If you don't have any old family records, try reaching out to other relatives who might. They may have something that you don't.

If you're still having trouble tracking down the information, try doing an online search. While this isn't the most reliable method, it's definitely worth a shot - especially if you don't have much time on your hands.

There are a few different online databases that keep records of births, deaths, and marriages. These databases are usually run by the government or some other official organization.

To find one for your country, try doing a Google search or checking the website of your vital records department. Once you've found a database, you can search for your own record or that of a relative.

Keep in mind that not all countries have online databases, and even if they do, the information might not be up-to-date.


7. Hire a Professional Researcher

If you've tried all of the above methods and you're still having no luck, your last resort is to hire a professional researcher.

This is usually a good idea if you're on a tight deadline or you need the information for an important reason, such as a legal proceeding.

There are many companies and individuals who offer this service, so take your time in choosing someone who you feel comfortable with. Make sure to read reviews and compare prices before making your decision.

Keep in mind that this option can be quite expensive, so it's not always an option for everyone.

If you decide to go this route, the researcher will likely use many of the same methods that you've already tried. They may also have access to additional resources, such as government databases or private record collections.

No matter what method you choose, it's important to be patient. Tracking down the exact time of your birth can be a challenge, but it's usually possible with a little bit of effort.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Elin Beck

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