Options for proof of birth date #general

Trudy Barch

In the early 1900s in the USA most babies were born at home and did not have
a birth certificate. In lieu of no birth certificate which secondary
document would be best accepted for a birth date? Immigration records might
be acceptable for those born in Europe but not American born children.
Death records show birth year that their children know - not always accurate.
Marriage certificates say what the couple think is correct. U.S. Census birth
years often change every 10 years. Would military records be more accurate?
Or did people change those years also to fit their personal needs?

Thank you for your opinions. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Trudy Barch, Chicagoland

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