Sunday, August 18, 2019

Delayed Birth Records

March 1, 2010 by  
Filed under genealogy

I read a lot of genealogy newsletters and was interested in a recent one from about “delayed birth certificates”.  As Ancestry puts it:

These certificates don’t result from the exasperating delays that may have been associated with the birth; but instead these records simply mean that the birth certificate was delayed.

Ancestry goes on to explain how previous generations in America were routinely casual about recording births and how each jurisdiction had its own rules.  I can only presume Canada followed a similar pattern.

Delayed birth records can contain a wealth of information:

The bonus information with delayed birth certificates lies in the proof offered for the date of birth. Applicants usually had to provide three documents that attested to their age. These documents might be affidavits written by family members or long-time friends or neighbors who had personal knowledge about the applicant’s age or birth. The documents could be an insurance policy, marriage license, family Bible, military papers, voting records, or census records.

Sounds good doesn’t it?  Have any of you used this source with success?


Ancestry’s Weekly Journal


2 Responses to “Delayed Birth Records”
  1. Amy Coffin says:

    My grandfather born in 1914 had a delayed birth certificate. I think he needed one to get a Social Security number in the 1940′s. By the time he needed the certificate, his parents were both deceased. The back of the certificate lists two people who swore to my grandfather’s birth. One of those people was his aunt. I didn’t know her married name at the time, so this information was a bonus. I still can’t figure out who the other person on the certificate is, but yes, you can find some good info on a delayed certificate.
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  2. Hi Amy,
    What a great bonus to find out the married name of his aunt. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by :)


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