As we know most people born before 1913 in Sussex county Delaware usually did not have a birth certificate. If they were lucky their birth was recorded in a family bible. This was sufficient until world war two came along and the government decided you could not work in a defense industry without a birth certificate. This created a rush of people applying for what is known as a delayed birth certificate. If you did not have a family bible than you had to obtain sworn letters from the doctor that delivered you, or family and friends who were around at your birth or a marriage license, or perhaps the life insurance company.