52 Documents in 52 Weeks #17: Info on Delayed Birth Registrations

I haven’t come across many delayed birth registration in my 38 years of researching, but I have discovered a few.

What kinds of information can be found on this type of birth certificate and how reliable is it? Well, as for reliability, the answer is that it is only as reliable as the knowledge of the informant. As to the information found on it, details required vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but minimally, one would expect to see the name of the person whose birth is being registered, names of the parents, place and date of birth, informant/s and relationship to the person and possibly other forms of ID if the birth was being registered years after the fact in the 20th century.

I’ve found a few late birth registrations which I believe were filed to prove citizenship during the years of World War I and World War II. My mother-in-law (who passed away some time ago so this doesn’t pertain to a living person) filed a delayed registration of birth for herself in 1944, when she was 25 years old. I never thought to ask her why she did it at that particular time. I know she worked in a military warehouse for a while during World War II. Perhaps she was told she needed to present a copy of her birth certificate. Added to the mystery is that although the Stufflebeans lived in Compton, California at the time, Ruby was born in Verden, Oklahoma so her birth had to be registered there.

Delayed Birth Registration in 1944

Even though I already knew much of this information, this is the ideal delayed birth registration that a researcher would hope to find. Ruby’s mother, Ethel Sturgell, signed the application on 12 May 1944. She provided the place and date of Ruby’s birth, parents’ names AND their birth dates! Parents’ dates of birth is not an item I would expect to see on their child’s birth certificate. Perhaps their ages and places of birth, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen this on any other birth certificate I’ve come across. It also gives the states where Ruby’s parents were born, Ruby’s address in 1944, Ethel’s address and other forms of support for Ruby’s birth.

In her case, there is a May 1937 school record from the Anadarko Public Schools department. (Ruby graduated from high school that year.) There apparently was a family Bible, which I’ve never seen or even knew about that is long since gone, recorded by Ethel in July 1919 and a copy of Ruby’s marriage license dated 1938 was also provided. She would have had to account for the surname change from Sturgell to Stufflebean.

Have you discovered any delayed birth registrations for your family members? What details were required for those? Please leave a comment.

52 Documents in 52 Weeks #16: Probate Sale Inventories

Probate records are quite common resources for genealogists. I’ve used them many times myself, but I’ve sometimes used them in a way that I don’t think many others do, so I want to share this tip with you.

If I am searching for information on Ancestor X, who hasn’t been kind enough to leave much of a paper trail for me, I will browse through probate records for the time period in which he lived in the area, specifically looking for lists of people who purchased items in estate sales. Most of the time, those buyers were family members or friends, neighbors or business acquaintances of the deceased.

Samuel W. Scott, who I recently blogged about, didn’t leave much of a paper trail, but he settled in Howard County, Missouri about the time that it was organized. He died in 1835, based on his estate administration. If my suspicions are correct, and I think they are based on the poor books he apparently kept (noted in court records), he was a draper by trade – a buyer and seller of fabric.

Part of the information recorded by his administrator included those who owed debts to the estate and to whom the estate was indebted. There are actually about 3 or 4 pages of names reported to the court.

Here is one of the pages. I’m not going to transcribe the whole page, because my focus – if I were hunting for someone other than Samuel – would just be on the individual names.

The pattern of each sentence is the same: Person 1 owes/is owed “X” amount of money.

Note Purple Arrows Next to Each Creditor or Debtor
9 August 1836
Source: FamilySearch

The following men are listed on these two pages: David Peeler, J.P, James Wither/Wether, Jonathan Bozarth, David Williams, George Adams, William Johnson, Jonah H. Shepherd, James Averitt, David Peeler again, William B. Means, Henry Saling, James Means, Allen (Hearn?), Garland Collins, Ichabod Moberly, and Theophilus Newbold.

The Justice of the Peace, David Peeler, was likely paid for court-related services. Let’s look at the other men on this list.

Only four men – Jonathan Bozarth, William Johnson, Jonah H. Shepherd and Henry Saling are on both the 1830 and 1840 censuses of Howard County, Missouri. Three more of the men –  George Adams, James Means and William B. Means are in Howard County in 1830, but not enumerated there in 1840. The remaining seven men – James Wither/Wether, David Williams, James Averitt, Allen Hearn, Garland Collins, Ichabod Moberly and Theophilus Newbold are not in Howard County in either the 1830 or 1840 census, for whatever reason – underage in 1830, passed through on the way somewhere else, or settled after 1830 and died before 1840.

The 1830 census indicated that there were Averitts and Newbolds living in Washington County, Kentucky, the same place of origin of Samuel W. Scott and his in-laws, the family of Ephraim Thompson. Those aren’t terribly common surnames, so I would wonder if they are related to the men in Howard County by the time of the 1836 inventory.

These are definitely members of Samuel Scott’s FAN club and the probate inventory might be the only evidence that some of these people left in Howard County, Missouri.

Many of the Missouri and Kentucky probate records have been digitized and can be browsed from home on FamilySearch. You might just find a few details to add to the picture of your ancestor’s life.

Friday’s Family History Finds

The best Family History Finds this week:

Family Stories

An Overlooked Record Opens a Door to Finding Long Lost Family from WWII by Vera Miller on Find Lost Russian and Ukrainian Family

Cynthia Black’s Application for Widow’s Pension by Karen on Family History

Exhausting Research: An Examination of Everything and the Kitchen Sink on Family Sleuther

I love hearing about family lore and how the story turns out:
Jesse James and the Wrights by Margie Tolsdorf on Cousins

Research Resources

Genealogy Indexer – Do NOT Let Its Simplicity Fool You! by Diane L. Richard on UpFront with NGS

For Researchers of Huguenots – FamilySearch Adds Scans from the SHPF by Anne Morddel on The French Genealogy Blog

A Different U.S. Census Record Set by Peggy Lauritzen on Anxiously Engaged

Surprising Church Records Part 2 – Historical Clues Revealed by Igrandy on Atlantic Loyalist Connections

If you have Canadian ancestors, LAC is a great resource:
Did You Know Library and Archives Canada Has a Podcast? by Tracey Arial on Genealogy Ensemble

Cook County Records of Foreign Wills by Cynthia on ChicagoGenealogy: ResearchInsights from Study and Serendipity

On the legal trail:
Federal Legislative Petitions, Introduction, Part 1, AND Part 2 AND Part 3 by Nancy Maxwell on Empty Branches on the Family Tree

Tech News

Fly to Your Ancestral Home on the Newly Updated Google Earth by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star


Concepts – Percentages of Ancestors’ DNA by Roberta J. Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

You’re Searching. But Are You Researching? by Alona Tester on Lonetester HQ

Tuesday’s Tip – Locate Newspapers in Other Towns by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie’s Genealogy & History Hub

Six Simple Steps for Bloggers When Someone Plagiarizes Your Research by Janice Brown on Cow Hampshire

Education Is for Everyone

Which DNA Test Is Best? by Roberta J. Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

Keeping Up with the Times

Preservation Week 2017 by Melissa Barker on A Genealogist in the Archives