- Jun 5, 2021
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Rereading the transcript again. I really, really hope this lead pans out.
At the time they announced it, I assumed it was to make sure they captured the entire possible time of Joseph's birth. Because he was so badly malnourished, perhaps his growth had been stunted, so they went further back and as far forward as the year before his death. That seemed plausible at the time, but now I do feel certain there was more to choosing that particular timeframe.
They were already aware of one child's existence on the mother's side, and that person may have been knowledgeable about the other sibling's birthdate - that may have played into the decision for that timeframe as well. There's a lot of information on a birth certificate, including address of the mother at the time of birth.
Pennsylvania birth certificates for years prior to the 50's also contained the mothers previous births and number of living children. I don't have an example from the 50s to know for sure.