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Re: Questions on Birth Certificate copy differences
Posted by: Jade (ID *****8954) Date: August 27, 2008 at 06:54:44
In Reply to: Questions on Birth Certificate copy differences by brian of 4315

Your key may be the different names for 'attendant'. Could this be a midwife and physician separately recording the birth, or relative and midwife, both of whom were present?

It would be unusual, but certainly not impossible.

I read a possibly related story on a List recently. A child was born at home in the early 19th century. The mom sent the father to the County Clerk's office to have the birth recorded, even giving him a piece of paper with the name so he wouldn't forget with all the excitement. All seemed well until decades later, when the child needed a copy of the Birth Certificate. The staff looked and looked but could not find it. Finally the child's father confessed that he didn't like the name-order on the piece of paper, and switched first name and middle name when he had the birth recorded!

There can be error or the unexpected in any record made by humans.

Good hunting,

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