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I'd like to create a custom field for contacts that contains the user id of the user that created them.

This is already being stored in the civicrm_log table and displayed when you view a contact, at the very bottom. Find Contacts and then on the screen that you get when looking at a contact, select the "Change Log" tab. It does not explicitly say 'created date' or 'created by' but the oldest entry in the table is the creation date and the user that created this contact.

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