California Birth Index definition

The California Office of Health Information and Research is in charge of the California Birth Index (CABI), a database that gathers birth records of all registered births in the state between 1905 and 1995.

The California Birth Index records have an abstract of an individual’s California birth certificate, including date of birth, full name, country of birth, gender, and the mother’s maiden name. It is also available online at

CABI has been both, considered an important genealogy tool, and highly criticized for privacy issues. Some critics have argued that CABI’s information aids in identity theft.

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