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From: "Betty" <>
Subject: Re: Altered Birth Certificates
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 07:51:11 -0400
I didn't read the entire article, but the solution seems too easy for
"government" to handle! Why not print up .. new versions .. of the
State's blank, birth-certificate form ? Or, perhaps print up a second
version, and have "an alternate" for same-sex couples!
Having said that, does this mean that on an official "State birth
certificate" the "birth father" or "birth mother" .. does not have to be
listed? In the case of same-sex couples .. one of them .. did not
participate in the "conception" part of the baby !
Speaking in terms of genealogy, researchers in the year 2050, for example,
are sure going to find things a whole lot more confusing .. than we do !
And, not to forget "donor eggs" or "donor sperm" ... how will they enter
the "family tree research" of some of us?
Enjoy your weekend !
Betty (near Lowell, MA)
FYI: Going back a century, I'd still like to know whether my
grandmother's Adoptive father .. started working at a local Courthouse ..
for a reason ! I'd like to know whether he made the two "birth
certificates" for his Adoptive daughter .. "disappear" ..during the 1890's !
I am told there should have been one filled out at her birth in 1889, and a
second one filled out at her Adoption in 1892 ! NONE exist !
Another thing to think about ... whether it was in the 1800's, or ..today...
Is someone breaking a law ... if they deliver a baby "at home" ... and do
not visit the local City Hall or Town Hall .. to "record" the birth ?
How many of our ancestors .. had children .. where the birth was not
"recorded" where they were living at the time ? Either they chose not to
visit Town Hall, or perhaps they were "away from home" (traveling? living
with a relative? Etc.) when "it was time."
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2005 11:47 AM
Subject: Altered Birth Certificates
> Hello listers...
> This is FYI and will not affect those of us who are in searches now, but
> the future seekers of genealogical information. Something to keep in
> as there is so much controversy over birth certificates as different
> Susan in MA.