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From: "Dee Dee King, Certified Genealogist" <>
Subject: [APG] Buruea of Census Notification of Birth Registration
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 20:59:32 -0700 (PDT)

from the Census Bureau website:

<<The U.S. Census Bureau often receives requests for copies of birth certificates from people who believe that the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), or the Census Bureau, which is part of the DOC, maintains such records.

We believe this misunderstanding stems from the fact that, at one time, the DOC distributed blank forms that the Census Bureau had designed and that were called "Notification of Birth Registration." These blank forms were given to the states which used them as a model to help them improve their birth registration systems.

Neither the Department of Commerce nor the Census Bureau ever collected or maintained completed Notifications of Birth Registration or any other kind of birth certificate.

No agency within the Department of Commerce issues, maintains, or makes use of birth certificates, including the Census Bureau. State Health Department's or Department's of Vital Statistics for the state in which the applicant was born should be able to provide a copy of the birth certificate. >>

Ok, sitting on my desk is a certificate from the Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, titled Notification of Birth Registration in which the name, sex, file no. dob, place of birth and both parents are listed? With at least the reproduction of the signatures of W L Austin, Director of the Census and W A Davis, MD, Special Agent, Bureau of the Census. US Government Printing Office : 1936 is at the bottom.

The child was born in 1937. I've seen many a Texas birth certificate before that date, so it was not like in 1937 Texas needed the Census Bureau to provide a format for the record.

The Certificate states: This certifies that the following Record of Birth is registered and preserved in the office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics at (typed in) Austin, Texas.

There is nothing else that would indicate the state of Texas had anything to do with the notice. Despite the Census Bureau disclaimer that this is not a duck, it sure appears to quack like one. ;-) Although the online Texas birth index shows a birth registration, the client says this is the only certificate her family received. She'll order a "modern" certificate for this project, but says she's used this notice all her life.

Anyone care to share?

best regards,


Dee Dee King, Certified Genealogist

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