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  •  British-colonial birth registration (1+ / 0-)
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    mayim

    It's probably a genuine Kenyan "birth certificate" from the appropriate time period, with the original typed text cleaned off using chemicals and the details re-typed to make it look good as far as the conspiracy theorists are concerned. That would account for quite a few of the discrepancies pointed out by debunkers.

    However it's not the primary document registering a birth -- it's what is called in British parlance an "extract". The real original record of any birth in a British colony or ex-colony is written in a ledger by hand and kept in a Registrar's office, usually in a fireproof safe. The "birth certificate" like the one shown is a certified copy of the register entry for the parents to keep (you might notice the price of 7/6d in the top left-hand corner -- that's the fee for supplying the copy, about equivalent to 50 cents American). This extract can be used to get passports etc. as core proof of identity in most British-based jurisdictions just like an American certified copy of the birth record can be used by US citizens for the same purposes.

    What that means is that somewhere in Kenya there's a registry book which would also have these details, if the Birthers are right. It would be the primary source
    for such claims. The book and page numbers are given on the extract form shown and could be used to look up the original entry, if it existed.

    •  So, in short... (0+ / 0-)

      ...it's a "Certificate of Live Birth"?

      Show me the long form!

      SHOW ME THE LONG FORM!

      New policy: I will immediately un-rec any diary that's updated with "Wow! The REC LIST! I never imagined..."

      by ipsos on Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 12:10:50 PM PDT

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