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Articles about Birth Certificates

Articles about birth certificates and other vital records can be found below. The purpose is to help understand the different vital records in the United States. What birth certificates are used for and how it affects your daily life.

The history of birth certificates may be shorter than you think

In a fascinating look at the history of birth certificates put together by History Channel, it was traditionally churches, not governments that kept birth certificate records. Apparently it took the defense-related plants hiring requirements that only U.S. born citizens could work there to push to create a more thorough system. Story at History channel website

Genesee County, Michigan County Commissioners make birth certificates available for low income residents

Genesee County, Michigan County Commissioners voted to allow low income county residents to get a free birth certificate. According to County Clerk Dominique Clemons, speaking to MLive, “We are having — time and time again — members of our community coming into our office with two, three, four children (requesting birth certificates so that they can be) enrolled in school,”  Full story at Michigan Live

What’s the deal with Meghan Markle’s name change on her kids’ birth certificates?

Having a child and creating the birth certificate is normally a straightforward process. However, when American born Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of Royal lineage recently had a baby, things go complicate.

The two, we know, were no longer an official part of the royal family, but does that negate the blood line continuation into the next generation. And on top of that, there was a name change since birth Yow!  Full story at Ocean’s Vibe

"free" clipartYes, it is possible to obtain a birth certificate for free in some cases.  However, the availability of free birth certificates varies. depending on the state or country in which you were born. In the United States, some states offer… (read the full article)

Missing clipartHere’s how to replace a lost birth certificate in the United States:

  1. Determine the issuing authority: The first step is to determine which authority issued your original birth certificate… read more

certificate of registry 1874A birth certificate is an official document that records the date, time, and place of a person’s birth, as well as the names of their parents and other relevant information.

A birth certificate is essential for many purposes, such as applying for a passport, driver’s license, social security card, school enrollment, and other benefits. Therefore, it is important to have a copy of your … read more

image shows difference between birth certificate and certificate of live birthIf you are a parent or a guardian of a newborn baby, you may be wondering what is the difference between a birth certificate and a certificate of live birth. These two documents may sound similar, but they have different purposes and funct … read more