The Dallas Journal, Volume 48, 2002 Page: 26
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Abstract of Delayed Birth Certificate Register No. 6 for Dallas County, Texas
DELAYED BIRTH CERTIFICATE REGISTER NO. 6
DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS
Abstracted by Dava Beisecker Ladymon
This is an abstraction of the sixth of eight volumes of delayed births recorded in Dallas County Records,
beginning in 1941. The first three volumes of abstractions appeared in earlier "Journals". The fourth
volume has since been found to be completely empty. The fifth volume could not be found when I went
to abstract it so I went on to the sixth volume which appears here. Hopefully the missing volume will be
found and will appear in a future publication.
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, Kathy Williston,
Dr. Alan N. Miller, and Dava Beisecker Ladymon. My thanks to Kathy Williston for her assistance to
the author in proof-reading this sixth 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. During this time period (the early 1940's) a birth certificate was becoming
necessary to prove citizenship and/or qualification for social security benefits, and many, many
applications were received in a very short time period. 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 within 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
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