A distant cousin of mine just sent me a copy of a document that I have never seen before.
It is an “Application for Search of Census Records.” My cousin’s dad didn’t have a birth certificate so he had to fill this form out to get social security benefits. I guess this was in lieu of obtaining a delayed birth certificate. This form was completed in 1952.
I found this at NARA
This is a newer form than what I have but it is basically the same thing.
I am trying to figure out how to cite this properly. I could site it as an artifact since it was found in the personal effects of this man’s father but it is a government form so I would prefer to site it that way.