The Knox County delayed birth registration index has been abstracted from the Knox County Circuit Court and Chancery Court Minute Books. These Knox County courts were part of a state process where delayed birth certificates were issued to those born prior to the start of statewide birth registration in 1914, to those born after the commencement of state birth registration but never had a certificate issued or where early certificates had errors that required correction. The local courts reviewed the evidence, approved the application and then issued a court order that was sent to the Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Statistics(link is external) to have an official state certificate issued. The information submitted to the local courts for birth registration has been deemed open access by the state. The earliest birth registration year found in these entries is 1861, the latest is 1945.