The Dallas Journal, Volume 46, 2000 Page: 19
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DELAYED BIRTH CERTIFICATE REGISTER NO.2
DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS
Abstracted by Dava Beisecker Ladymon
This is an abstraction of the second of eight volumes of delayed
births recorded in Dallas county Records, beginning in 1941. Six of
the eight volumes were stored in the office of Earl Bullock, County
Clerk. The other two were located in the Dallas county Records
building at Harry Hines Blvd. By the DGS Records Preservation Committee
in the spring of 1998. Committee members include Shirley Remnant
Sloat, James Monaghan Jr., Dr. Alan N. Miller, and Dava Beisecker
Ladymon, the first two of whom assisted the author in proof-reading
this delayed birth record abstraction. Minor changes made to data to
clarify the information are indicated with brackets in this abstract.
Each page in the register (two entries per page) contains the
judge's certification that he has been presented sufficient evidence to
prove the birth date and location and parentage of the person applying
for a delayed birth certificate. Unlike most other states, Texas
permitted generation of delayed birth certificates for persons born
outside the county or state and even outside the country. The delayed
birth certificate generated in Texas may be the only record of a birth
which occurred elsewhere, with some births going back as far as 1862,
long before government regulations required birth registration.
All the information contained in the register is presented here,
so this is only a starting place for researchers who are seeking full
details such as parent's names, etc. It is possible to apply to the
Bureau of Vital Statistics in Austin, TX for a full copy of the birth
certificate, which was generated as a result of the approval of this
delayed birth certificate application. Records of Texas births
occurring after 1926 but at least fifty years ago (e.g. 1949) are
available from staff at the Dallas county clerk's office' birth
records older than that must be obtained from Austin. Records of
births occurring with the last fifty years have access restricted to
those " with a need to know", to protect individual privacy.
These original Delayed Birth Registers are stored on the Second
Floor of the Dallas County Records Building in the Offices of Earl
Bullock, Dallas County Clerk. At this time there are no plans to
microfilm these Registers. Many thanks to Mr. Bullock and his staff
for entrusting these volumes to us for abstraction. [Editor's Note:
DGS is very appreciative of the fine worth that this hard-working
committee is doing to preserve and record Dallas County records.]
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