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From: Rick Van Dusen <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Evidence Style source question
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2010 08:16:24 -0800
To a certain extent, I think the replies here have not emphasized the
differences between "Certificate of Birth" and "Certificate of Birth
I have copies of each for myself (from New York State--other states may
The "Certificate of Birth" is the form completed at the time of my
birth, and I received a photocopy of it (in the innocent days of the
late 1960s). It tells where and when I was born, my weight and
height/length, my parents and their basic vitals (e.g. age and place of
birth), other children, even ophthalmological preventative treatment and
type of delivery.
The "Certificate of Birth Registration" certifies that a birth
certificate was issued for me, and gives only my name, date and place of
birth, parents' names, and the date the birth certificate was filed.
Both are "certified" and bear an embossed official seal.
For my children (two b. NY, two b. CA), I have only "Certificate of
Birth Registration". These have been satisfactory evidence to obtain
Social Security cards, driver's licenses, and passports.
Terry Reigel wrote:
> Chris wrote:
>> In the UK we've been after cheaper "for genealogy
>> purposes only" certificates for years.
> Actually, it's only become common here recently, driven in large part I think by security concerns. As certified copies have been made more difficult to obtain due to a perceived threat of identity theft and other bad things, non-certified copies have become more widely offered.
> Terry Reigel
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