Welcome. Here are a few highlights from my current research on the history of birth certificates and birth registration in the United States. I'm adding new items here as I find materials that I think will interest a broader audience. For more on my work, see my main website.

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New York State birth certificate with message to parents, 1903/1919

This birth certificate for the unnamed-at-birth child of Louis Ganzmann and Anna Bosinger Ganzmann of Buffalo, New York, was issued in 1919 for a birth that took place in 1903. Because this particular copy was issued around their son's 16th birthday, it seems likely that it was used for acquiring a work permit under the relatively new child labor laws.

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