Comment: Race designation on 1961 birth certificates

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Race designation on 1961 birth certificates

VITAL STATISTICS OF
THE UNITED STATES
1961
VOLUME I

Section 5-7

Race and color
"Births in the United States in 1961 are classified for vital statistics into white, Negro, American Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Aleut, Eskimo, Hawaiian and Part-Hawaiian (combined), and "other nonwhite." The category "white" includes, in addition to persons
reported as "white," those reported as Mexican or Puerto Rican. With one exception, a reported mixture of Negro with any other race is included in the Negro group; other mixed parentage is classified according to the race of the nonwhite parent and mixtures of nonwhite races to the race of the father.

The exception refers to a mixture of Hawaiian and any other race, which is classified as Part-Hawaiian. In most tables a less detailed classification of "white" and "nonwhite" is used."

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/vsus/vsus_1961_1.pdf

On Obamas certificate however, Race of Father is classified as "African" and Race of Mother is classified as "Caucasian"

Prior to 2009, the latest revision to the actual long form took place in 2004.  In 1961, a black person was listed as either 'black' or 'negro'.  In 2004, the one showing on the CDC site shows he could have been listed as either 'black' or 'African American' as ethnicity then came into play.  Now in 2009 (revised 1/09), codes for those of the Negro race are listed and one can now be listed as just 'African' as is shown on Obama's COLB.