Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Delaware Certificate Of Delayed Birth

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. 
a distant relative of mine was Ray Dickerson.  He applied for a birth certificate in 1945. 

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