|Delayed birth certificate for Henry Bossett, born in Newark, New Jersey on February 3, 1896.|
This is a birth certificate created years later; in this situation, 46 years later. The helpful information contains an address at the time of birth as well as full names of the baby and parents. We get a signature of the father as he attests that the birth occurred at the specified date and place, as well as his current address.
But that's not all. The applications for the delayed birth certificate are also filmed.
|Application of Henry Bossett to issue a delayed birth certificate|
The application asks for:
--Date and place of marriage of parents.
--Names, dates, and places of birth for other children of this union. (Some forms ask only for children born earlier than the person now requesting a birth certificate.)
--Name, date, and place of marriage of the applicant.
--Street address used in the 1905 and 1915 New Jersey state census!
While this information is great, you need to consider the information provided in light of other records. By the 1940s, when this record was created, this family was spelling their last name with two Ts: Bossett. In 1896, the spelling was Bossert or Bosset.
One other sibling, Mary, is listed on the application. This couple had three children, the first born in 1894. The omission of this first sibling perhaps indicates that the surviving children did not know about this first child.
|Delayed birth certificate for George Cowenhoven Duryee, born in Hudson County October 23, 1899|
|Application of George Cowenhoven Duryee for a delayed birth certificate|
I would also like to point out some of these place names. Union Hill existed in 1894, but along with West Hoboken, had become Union City before this record was created in 1943. These locations are in Hudson County, not Union County. North Bergen is in Hudson County, not Bergen County. "Town of Union" in Hudson County is where we can go astray. By 1899, this town had been broken up and morphed into other other towns, some of which were later annexed into other towns and/or changed names. Hudson Heights is currently a neighborhood of North Bergen. So most of these locations are challenging to pinpoint given the border changes, name changes, and non-contemporaneous record making.
Next for review is the delayed birth certificate for someone who already had a birth certificate.
Yet Augusta filed for a delayed birth certificate.
|Delayed birth certificate for Anna Augusta Luther, 1892|
It looks like Augusta thought she was born in Harrison in Hudson County on April 30, 1892. She had the wrong city and county and was off by one day. In addition, she was spelling the surname as "Luther," which was a spelling used by the family, but Augusta's original birth certificate appeared in the index as "Lutter." We would know to look under both spellings, but without a first name at birth, Augusta may have been told that her original birth certificate did not exist.
|Index to New Jersey births, 1890-1900|
Available at New Jersey State Archives and FamilySearch.org (microfilm)