I totally stole this idea from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings, who credits Geneablogger John Newmark (TransylvanianDutch blog) with starting this blog theme years ago. John offers this definition for “amanuensis:”
“A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.”
(And, let’s be honest, this is probably the only way I’m going to remember to transcribe all my documents, right?)
SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
DIVISION OF VITAL STATISTICS
DELAYED CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH
State File No. 666071
Co. Reg. No. 16996
Full Name at Birth Thomas Patrick Slowey Date of Birth Dec. 29, 1896 Sex Male
Birthplace Mayfield Twp. Yankton South Dakota Color White
Father: Full Name John Slowey Birthplace Wisconsin
Mother: Maiden Name Theresa Burns Birthplace Missouri
Affidavit: I hereby declare upon oath that the above statements are true.
Signature Theresa Slowey Address Irene, South Dakota
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 2nd day of November, 1944
SEAL Marie Steinbach Notary Public
Deputy Clerk of Courts, Yankton Co.
ABSTRACT OF SUPPORTING EVIDENCE
I hereby certify that the abstract of evidence above recorded is to my knowledge true and correct.
Signature [blank] Date signed [blank]
Registrar Nathan Steinbach
Date Filed Nov. 2 – 1944
The source citation for this document is: Thomas Patrick Slowey, birth certificate [Delayed] no. 16996 (county); no. 666071 (state) (29 December 1896), South Dakota Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Pierre, South Dakota.
I wrote about Thomas Patrick Slowey here. It’s interesting to me because his mother signed it only months before she passed away (assuming that is her signature). I understand why his birth certificate was delayed, since South Dakota didn’t mandate civil registration until 1905. What I can’t figure out is why it was done in 1944. Thomas applied for his Social Security number in January 1941, so he obviously didn’t need it for that. The only reason I can think of is that – as far as I can tell – up until 1944, he was a farmer. In 1945, he began working in an alcohol plant in Yankton. Perhaps he needed his birth certificate because he was employed by someone else. If anyone can see this from another angle, I would appreciate any insight you might have.
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