Do you know where your birth certificate is stashed away? Did you misplace it and need to get a replacement? Or has it gotten so worn you can no longer make out the information on it? When you are ordering an online birth certificate replacement, do you wonder about the history of birth certificates and how they came about?
You might be surprised to learn that the history of birth certificates in the United States is not as old as you might think. The birth certificates we have come to know today did not start to take shape until the early 1900s.
In the 1630s, the colony assemblies attempted to pass laws requiring churches to keep records of christenings, but not births. However, the practice did not take hold, and not all churches participated.
Part of the problem the churches faced was keeping track of everyone. Mothers would give birth at home, not in hospitals. In some cases, the new infant did not always survive that long. Even if they managed to make it to childhood, many children passed away from illnesses and diseases. In addition, families were constantly moving around from one community to the next.
It wasn’t until the 1800s when things started to change. The Bureau of Census was created in 1840 with the passing of the U.S. Census Act. This was in response to the growing number of foreign immigrants arriving in the county. The U.S. wanted a way to count the newly arriving people.
Yet, there were still no birth certificates being used by federal and state government agencies. Hospital births were still very rare, as women usually gave birth at home. In 1900, the Bureau of Census adopted a standardized form to record very basic information about a child’s birth and family.
Then, in 1902, Congress officially established the U.S. Census Bureau as a permanent government agency. The Census Bureau was given the authority to set up different offices in various areas of the country where people could register births.
While this was a move in the right direction, things did not change much until World War II. During this time, many manufacturing facilities were hiring people to build goods to support the war effort. However, they had to prove they were a U.S. citizen.
It was then it was discovered around one-third of the U.S. population had no record or ability to prove when or where they were born. In addition, over 200,000 births were still occurring annually without any birth certificate being issued.
To address these issues, Congress established the National Office of Vital Statistics in 1946, which later became the National Center of Health Statistic (NCHS) in 1963. As a result of the efforts by the NCHS, issuing birth certificates became common practice, as well as a legal document to prove citizenship.
As you can see, the history of birth certificates in the U.S. is not that old. If you need a copy of your birth certificate for employment, to get a driver license, or for a U.S. passport, you can order a birth certificate online from FastBirthCertificates.com or call us at (415) 528-2585 today!
9/25/2019 07:50:39 am
What about a person in their 80’s that can’t renew their drivers license because of new rules having a birth certificate and they were born at home and all witness are passed away. Any suggestions. Born in Oklahoma. Drivers license renewal in Texas.
11/2/2021 10:05:03 am
Maybe at 80 a person shouldn't be driving anyway. A persons ability to react diminishes as we get older. JS
12/3/2021 05:33:44 pm
Not all 80 year olds are equal though.
11/18/2019 07:01:10 am
Linking proof of citizenship also tied into getting a passport. My father's family went to Europe in 1933 and I found some birth certificates dated just before they got their passports. How did they get a certificate when they were born in their home in the early 1915-1930. Passports weren't the only times one needed to prove their citizenship. How was it done without a birth certificate? Would be good to include this in your description. Thanks.
3/4/2020 01:08:37 am
1946 was around the time that Congress under the Eisenhower set up Income Tax, which many argue to be unconstitutional, in order to pay off the debt to the Federal Reserve fractional Central Bank (which is not owned by our government) we owed moneys that were used to train soldiers, manufacture arms, build factories, and military equipment, Income tax was a short term sacrifice many were willing to make. At some point in the Nixon administration, we were taken off the Gold standard and now use birth certificates as a means of collateral or promise of debt. Each human Vessel Birthed pays an average of 3 million dollars throughout its life!
7/20/2020 09:25:55 am
The Sixteenth Amendment established income tax. But, most of the States either did not authorize or did so illegally against their State Constitutions. The recorder LIED. https://www.thelawthatneverwas.com/defects.aspx
7/12/2021 03:52:49 pm
The Income Tax was an unlawful maneuver from the very beginning. The Constitution forbids any powers of such to the government. So whether or not the States ratified this Amendment or not is irrelevant. The U.S. Constitution limits government. The People have all the powers. No one questioned the income tax and the Constitution is not taught correctly in schools of any type including "law schools". Government never had and has no authority to collect income tax. Just like the 2nd Amendment was given to the People by God as all our Rights and no court or government or legislature can remove these Rights. It's time to learn the truth. We are sovereign living souls not citizens ie city zens. And we are not persons. Persons are dead vessels. Know your Rights
6/29/2021 03:23:14 am
It was passed under Woodrow Wilson in 1913.
11/2/2021 10:08:55 am
Income tax goes back farther than Eisenhower. Look it up!
7/20/2020 09:33:55 am
It’s interesting that 1902 was the year that Paul Warburg of a German banking family associated with the Rothschild family came to the U.S. and became involved with Kuhn Loeb and the Federal Reserve effort! His son, Max, said before Congress that we would have a global government whether we like it or not. ALL PLANNED!!!
12/18/2022 05:30:13 am
Great readding this
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