Somewhere in History, they decided that the death and birth records would be kept in the county court house, then, they changed back and forth between the state capital, (Dept of Vital Statistics). Somewhere about 1908
the state decided that everyone must have a birth certificate because almost all babies were born at home and some parents did not record it in the county court house. I know my brother and sister born at home (early 1930's) so they had to get an aunt who was alive when they were born to swear that she saw them born and she had to sign the papers for them to get a Birth Cert. and SocialSec. number.
I was born in a hospital (late 1930's)so the hospital recorded my birth. When thefederal government started Soc. Security, is when everyone who worked needed a SS card. Housewives and children did not have SSCards. In fact, my sister started a business in the 1960 era, and the state of Texas wanted her husbands' SS number, that ALL business had to be in the husbands' name. A woman could not get a bank account, credit or anything without husband' signature.
She got numerous letters from the State Capital telling her her business HAD TO BE LISTED IN HER HUSBAND'S NAME, SHE REFUSED!!!! The state Of Texas sent 2 men to her business, 80 miles from the state capital, insisting they had to list her business in her husband's name and his SS number.
She refused!!! She had her business for about 30 years and NEVER allowed it to be in her husband's name, simply for EQUAL RIGHTS AND WOMAN'S RIGHTS!!!!
iN THE EARLY 1980'S IS WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BEGAN DEMANDING ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ISSUED A SS Card at birth. I am one of the parents who objected to numbering children.(that is what the NAI's did in WWII.) I NEVER gave the schools their SS numbers. The school would assign my children fake SS numbers.
When I got a divorce, I had to list my children and their SS number on my divorce papers.
In Texas today, a man who fathers' a baby, and the mother gave the child a fake name on the birth cert., the father can have his DNA tested to prove he is the father of the child, but the Social Security Dept. will NOT give the father the Social Security number of the child even with a DNA test, unless the mother puts the father's name on the birth certificate. We still have a long way to go....
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