I for one have never been hesitant to say in which state I was born. I was born in Alabama. In 1995 I needed a passport and ordered birth certificates for that purpose. Alabama wasn’t “computerized” in 1995, so they photocopied the record onto security paper, applied a stamp and a seal, and that was it. The result is quite similar to what we see from Hawaii before they went paperless in 2001.
What is interesting about my certificate is that I ordered 3 of them, and they are not all quite alike. So here is the certificate, and I will walk you through a few things including the small difference.
First, can you see the raised seal of the State of Alabama? The certificate is folded twice; can you find the folds? I know where the seal and folds are, but I can’t see them in the scan. (You are invited to remember similar objections to Obama’s COLB.) Block 17, the informant, was, as is almost always the case, the mother. While you can’t see this because I blanked it out, my father’s name is misspelled. Mistakes on birth certificates happen; it’s no big deal. My certificate has a block 19: “Date Rec’d by Local Reg”. The unlabeled deletion (left side across from Birth No.) is the last name of the attending physician.
The important thing, and the reason I wrote this article is the difference between this certificate, and my other more “normal” Alabama birth certificates, the text partially cut off at the bottom (and fully cut off on other copies). The text says “Following Section will not be … FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH USE ONLY” (it’s easier to read on the original). You see, my birth certificate looks like what folks call a “long form”, but it and all others like it are not really the whole hospital certificate, just a portion of it. There is a large section below that was photographically cropped before printing by the state. I hate to break this to you birthers, but YOU ALL HAVE SHORT FORMS! Muahahahahahaaaa! 👿