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determine birth date from birth certificate or baptism?

determine birth date from birth certificate or baptism?

Posted: 3 Mar 2013 5:30AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 4 Mar 2013 1:48PM GMT
Hi. In the olden days (1880's to be exact), how common was it for the midwife to record the wrong date of birth? My great grandpa was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His birth certificate says January 1, 1887. However, his baptism says December 31, 1886. On every other record I can find years after his birth (1900 census, WWI Draft, Death Certificate) all say December 31. But his son told me that they always celebrated it on the 1st! I'm very confused about it. I personally lean towards December 31. Any opinions ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

Re: Birth or baptism?

Posted: 3 Mar 2013 3:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
maybe if you posted his name we could try to figure it out.

Re: Birth or baptism?

Posted: 3 Mar 2013 11:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
My grandfather's birth certificate (from 1864) also shows one day different from the birth record in the Quaker records where the family information was maintained. My mother always said my grandfather celebrated his birthday on the day shown in the Quaker records. Granddad was born at home and the doctor would stop by later and then send in the information to the state (in my case New Jersey) and the BC could well be incorrect and merely based upon the doctor's recollection--and he may well not have even BEEN there for the birth. My guess would be that my granddad was born sometime around midnight and this could be the case in your situation also. I'd go with the date he actually celebrated his birth and put a note explaining that the BC was one day off.

For what it is worth...Social Security (if your great-grandfather was ever in that system) establishes ages based on "attainment" of an age and under that system a person is deemed to have attained an age ONE DAY prior their actual date of birth...in the case of your great-grandfather this actually mean he would have been entitled to benefits one month earlier than the date of his birth based upon the BC...and he attained age in the year prior to the Jan. 1st birth date on the BC.

Joan

Re: Birth or baptism?

Posted: 3 Mar 2013 11:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
Ok thanks for the advice!
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