Understanding what a “Birth Certificate” meansSubmitted by Bob-45 on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 16:47
By: David Deschesne
Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal
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Fort Fairfield Journal, May 11, 2005
A certificate is a “paper establishing an ownership claim.” – Barron’s Dictionary of Banking Terms. Registration of births began in 1915, by the Bureau of Census, with all states adopting the practice by 1933.