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US, Georgia — County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960

Toni Carrier
by Toni Carrier
US, Georgia -- County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960
“Georgia, County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960.” Database. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 31 December 2019. Citing Multiple County Probate Court Judges, Georgia.

About This Collection

Today’s featured collection is Georgia, County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960. This collection contains delayed birth records gathered from probate courts in multiple counties in Georgia for the years 1870 – 1960. Document images are available for most counties in the collection.

What’s in This Collection

The formats of the record sets within the collection are variable, but most include the name, gender, race, date of birth, names of parents and date of filing for each person in the index. To learn more about the content in this collection, please see the collection”s Learn More page.

About Delayed Birth Records

If your ancestor was born before their state of birth started recording births officially, they may have applied for a delayed birth certificate. Why would someone need such a thing? There were a variety of reasons. The Social Security Administration required proof of birth to register for a Social Security number. Your ancestor may have needed proof of their birth in order to enlist in the military or qualify for a military pension.

Applicants for a delayed birth record may have provided various forms of proof of their birthdate (and these forms of proof are substitutes for birth records if your ancestor did not apply for a delayed birth certificate). They may have provided a Bible record, church records, school records or testimony of those who witnessed the birth.

Researching From This Collection

Let’s look at a sample record from this collection. On July 30, 1942, brothers Walker and Noah Singleton applied for delayed birth certificates in Polk County, Georgia1,2:

Georgia Singleton Walker and Noah in Register of Delayed Births
“Georgia, County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960.” Database. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 31 December 2019. Citing Multiple County Probate Court Judges, Georgia.

Name: Walker Singleton
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 7 Aug 1903
Event Place: Georgia, United States
Gender: Male
Race: C
Parent Name: Alex Singleton
Parent 2 Name: Annie Farmer

“Georgia, County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WTHB-Q3W2 : 13 October 2019), Alex Singleton in entry for Walker Singleton, 1903.

Name: Noah Singleton
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 29 Apr 1909
Event Place: Georgia, United States
Gender: Male
Race: C
Parent Name: Alex Singleton
Parent 2 Name: Annie Farmer

“Georgia, County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WTHB-Q3N2 : 13 October 2019), Alex Singleton in entry for Noah Singleton, 1909.

FamilySearch Records Search, Walker and Noah Singleton

Let’s use the information in this record for Walker and Noah Singleton to locate other records for them and their family members. We’ll begin with Walker Singleton. We searched FamilySearch records for Walker Singleton, born in Georgia in 1903. Below are search results (please click on image to view larger):

Search Results for Walker Singleton b. 1903 in Georgia
Search Results for Walker Singleton b. 1903 in Georgia

Because Walker and Noah Singleton were brothers, some of the historical records we find for one of them may also list the other. So let’s search for Noah Singleton born in Georgia in 1909 and examine the results (please click on image to view larger):

FamilySearch Search Results for Noah Singleton b. 1909 in Georgia
FamilySearch Search Results for Noah Singleton b. 1909 in Georgia

Walker and Noah Singleton, 1920 U.S. Census

Both Walker and Noah were listed in the 1920 U.S. Census in the household of parents Alex and Annie Singleton, although Noah’s name appears to have been indexed as Nora. It’s important to view the original document when an image is available, and this instance illustrates why that is so. Let’s look at the document image to see the information recorded for Noah (please click on image to view larger)3:

Noah Singleton in the 1920 U.S. Census
“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GR6Z-3K8?cc=1488411&wc=QZJP-W7D%3A1036472801%2C1036791701%2C1039651701%2C1589332813 : 10 September 2019), Georgia > Polk > Cedartown > ED 161 > image 11 of 24; citing NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

We see from the document image that the census taker did indeed write the name Nora, but the other details (son, age 11, born in Georgia) suggest that this entry is for Noah. Walker is also recorded in this household in the 1920 U.S. Census.

Records for Walker Singleton

Let’s follow the census forward to the 1940 U.S. Census for Walker Singleton4:

Name: Walker Singleton
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Militia District 1075, Polk, Georgia, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 38
Marital Status: Married
Race: Negro
Race (Original): Negro
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Son
Birthplace: Georgia
Birth Year (Estimated): 1902
Last Place of Residence: Same House

HouseholdRoleSexAgeBirthplace
Alex L SingletonHeadM68Alabama
Annie SingletonWifeF57Georgia
Horace SingletonSonM40Georgia
Walker SingletonSonM38Georgia
Emily SingletonDaughter-in-lawF23Georgia

Here we see Walker living in his parents’ household. His marital status is married, and his spouse Emily in living in the household with him.

Marriage Record, Walker Singleton

We found a marriage record for Walker Singleton on Ancestry.com5. We learn from this record that Emma’s maiden name was Whatley. We could use that information to search for more records for Emma Whatley and possibly learn the names of her parents.

Walker Singleton in Georgia, Marriage Records From Select Counties, 1828-1978

Name: Walker Singleton
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 22 Aug 1936
Marriage Place: Polk, Georgia, USA
Spouse: Emma Whatley
Spouse Gender: Female

Walker Singleton in Georgia Death Index, 1933-1998

We found a record for Walker Singleton in the FamilySearch database Georgia Death Index, 1933-19986:

Name: Walker Singleton
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 18 Oct 1973
Event Place: Polk, Georgia
District/Parish/County: Polk
Gender: Male
Age: 69
Race: C
Birth Year (Estimated): 1904
Certificate Number: 034812

Walker Singleton in United States Social Security Death Index

Walker Singleton also appears in search results for the FamilySearch database United States Social Security Death Index7:

Age: 72
Given Name: Walker
Surname: Singleton
Birth Date: 07 Aug 1901
State: Railroad Board
Last Place of Residence: Cedartown, Polk, Georgia
Previous Residence Postal Code: 30125
Event Date: Oct 1973

Walker Singleton: Suggestions for Further Research

We learn from the record above that Walker’s Social Security registration was issued through the Railroad Board. We searched the FamilySearch Wiki using the search term “railroad board records” and found the page US Migration Railroads that links to the National Archives Record Group 184, Records of the Railroad Retirement Board. We could do further research in the records of the Railroad Retirement Board as a next step in learning more about Walker Singleton.

National Archives and Records Administration, Guide to Federal Records, Overview of RG 184, Records of the Railroad Retirement Board
National Archives and Records Administration, Guide to Federal Records, Overview of RG 184, Records of the Railroad Retirement Board.

We found Walker Singleton in the Social Security Death Index. We could order the original Social Security application, known as the SS-5, for Walker Singleton, which may contain more information. Please see the Social Security Administration’s online order form for more information about ordering original records from that agency.

Records for Noah Singleton

Let’s work from the search results for Noah Singleton to see what we can learn about his life.

Noah Singleton, 1930 U.S. Census

The first search result is a record for Noah Singleton in the 1930 U.S. Census8. The birthplace of Georgia and estimated birth year of 1910 agree with what we know about Noah Singleton, so this may be a record for him. We will need to look at more records to be sure that this record is for the Noah Singleton we are searching for.

Name: Noah Singleton
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Tract 29, Birmingham, Election Precinct 9, Jefferson, Alabama, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Marital Status: Married
Race: Negro
Race (Original): Negro
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Birthplace: Georgia
Birth Year (Estimated): 1910
Occupation: Laborer, Coal Mines
Last Place of Residence: Same Place

HouseholdRoleSexAgeBirthplace
Noah SingletonHeadM30Georgia
Bertet SingletonWifeF29Alabama
Louise SingletonDaughterF14Alabama

Noah Singleton in Alabama, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945

Let’s look at our next search result, from the FamilySearch database Alabama, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-19459:

Noah Singleton in World War II Draft Registrations
“Alabama, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS8J-17C6-M?cc=2691991&wc=83RQ-HZ9%3A1590142857 : 14 August 2019), 102630635 > image 1295 of 2567; records extracted by FamilySearch, images digitized by Ancestry; citing NARA Records of the Selective Service System, 1926 – 1975, RG 147. (National Archives at St. Louis, Missouri, n.d.).

Name: Noah Singleton
Event Type: Draft Registration
Event Date: 16 Oct 1940
Event Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United States
Race: Black
Complexion: Light Brown
Employer: Tennesse Coal And Iron Co
Birth Date: 29 Apr 1909
Birthplace: Cedartown, Georgia
Height: 6 1
Weight: 179
Eye Color: Gray
Hair Color: Black
Relative’s Name: Birdie Lee Singleton
Relationship to Head of Household: Wife

Is this a record for the Noah Singleton we are searching for? Let’s compare the information from the delayed birth records for Georgia to the information in this record. This WWII draft registration states that Noah Singleton was born 29 April 1909 in Cedartown, Georgia. The birth information agrees with the information in the register of delayed births and suggests that this may be a record for our Noah Singleton.

Let’s look at other records for the Noah Singleton in Alabama to see if we can gather new information that might help us decide if these records from Alabama are for the Noah Singleton we are searching for.

Marriage Record, Noah Singleton

We searched for Noah Singleton in the FamilySearch database Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950 and found a record for the marriage of Noah Singleton and Birdie Lee Burton10:

Noah Singleton inAlabama County Marriages, 1809-1950
“Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939V-4BS8-HW?cc=1743384&wc=3LJH-BZ9%3A1586886901 : 16 July 2015), 004671257 > image 551 of 910; County Probate Courts, Alabama.

Name: Noah Singleton
Gender: Male
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 12 Sep 1936
Event Place: Jefferson, Alabama, United States
Age: 26
Birth Year (Estimated): 1910
Father’s Name: A L Singleton
Mother’s Name: Annie
Spouse’s Name: Birdie Lee Burton Mims
Spouse’s Gender: Female
Spouse’s Age: 25
Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated): 1911
Spouse’s Father’s Name: James Willie Mims
Spouse’s Mother’s Name: Creasie Ann Motley
Page: 235

In this marriage record, Noah Singleton’s parents are listed as A.L. and Annie Singleton. This information agrees with the information in the register of delayed births for Georgia. Details from the Alabama records we have found agree in many ways with the details in the register of delayed births, suggesting that the Alabama records are indeed for the Noah Singleton we are searching for.

Noah Singleton, 1940 U.S. Census

We found a record for Noah Singleton in the 1940 U.S. Census11.

Name: Noah Singleton
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Tract 29, Birmingham, Election Precinct 9, Jefferson, Alabama, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Marital Status: Married
Race: Negro
Race (Original): Negro
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Birthplace: Georgia
Birth Year (Estimated): 1910
Last Place of Residence: Same Place

HouseholdRoleSexAgeBirthplace
Noah SingletonHeadM30Georgia
Bertet SingletonWifeF29Alabama
Louise SingletonDaughterF14Alabama

Noah Singleton, Social Security Death Index

We also found a record for Noah Singleton in the FamilySearch collection United States Social Security Death Index12:

Name: Noah Singleton
Social Security Number: 416-03-5698
Birth Date: 29 Apr 1909
Issue year: Before 1951
Issue State: Alabama
Last Residence: 48214, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA
Last Benefit: 48207, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA
Death Date: Oct 1978

Noah Singleton: Suggestions for Further Research

In the marriage record we found for Noah Singleton, we learned his wife’s maiden name and the name of her parents. We could use this information to search for more records for Noah’s wife Birdie Lee Burton Mims.

In Noah Singleton’s World War II draft registration, Noah’s employer is listed as Tennessee Coal & Iron Company. The 1930 census record for Noah Singleton states that he was a laborer at a coal mine. We could search for more information on the Tennessee Iron & Coal Company to learn more about Noah Singleton’s employer.

The 1940 U.S. Census shows daughter Louise Singleton living in the household of Noah and Birdie Singleton. We could search for more records for Louise Singleton.

We found Noah Singleton in the Social Security Death Index. From this record, we learn that Noah Walker’s social security number was issued in Alabama. The index lists his last residence as Detroit, Michigan. We could search for more records for Noah Singleton in Alabama and Michigan records.

We could order the original Social Security application, known as the SS-5, for Noah Singleton, which may contain more information. Please see the Social Security Administration’s online order form for more information about ordering original records from that agency.

We could also use Walker and Noah Singleton’s parents names (Alex Singleton and Annie Farmer) to search for more documents for their parents.

Related Resources

The FamilySearch Wiki page Georgia, United States Genealogy provides an overview of research for the state of Georgia. Here you will find links to wiki pages for each county.

Our example record is from Polk County, Georgia. The wiki page Polk County, Georgia Genealogy is a great starting place for researching in Polk County. We learn from this page that regular birth records start in 1919 in this county.

To learn more about using birth records in your research, please see the FamilySearch Wiki page United States Birth Records.

To learn more about researching in Georgia, you can view BlackProGen LIVE Ep18: Alabama and Georgia Genealogy Research.

References Cited

[1] “Georgia, County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WTHB-Q3W2 : 13 October 2019), Alex Singleton in entry for Walker Singleton, 1903.

[2] “Georgia, County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WTHB-Q3N2 : 13 October 2019), Alex Singleton in entry for Noah Singleton, 1909.

[3] “United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GR6Z-3K8?cc=1488411&wc=QZJP-W7D%3A1036472801%2C1036791701%2C1039651701%2C1589332813 : 10 September 2019), Georgia > Polk > Cedartown > ED 161 > image 11 of 24; citing NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

[4] “United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7PH-FX7 : 28 July 2019), Emily Singleton in household of Alex L Singleton, Militia District 1075, Polk, Georgia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 115-17, sheet 10B, line 60, family 154, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 702.

[5] Ancestry.com. Georgia, Marriage Records From Select Counties, 1828-1978 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: County Marriage Records, 1828–1978. The Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia.

[6] “Georgia Death Index, 1933-1998,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V49J-SR6 : 24 December 2014), Walker Singleton, 18 Oct 1973; from “Georgia Deaths, 1919-98,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2001); citing Polk, Georgia, certificate number 034812, Georgia Health Department, Office of Vital Records, Atlanta.

[7] “United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V9BB-826 : 20 May 2014), Walker Singleton, Oct 1973; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

[8] “United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V152-S4T : 27 July 2019), Louise Singleton in household of Noah Singleton, Tract 29, Birmingham, Election Precinct 9, Jefferson, Alabama, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 68-3, sheet 11A, line 26, family 230, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 91.

[9] “Alabama, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2CT-786R : 14 August 2019), Birdie Lee Singleton in entry for Noah Singleton, 16 Oct 1940; from records extracted by FamilySearch and images digitized by Ancestry; citing Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United States, “Draft Registration Cards for Alabama, 10/16/1940 – 3/31/1947”, NARA Records of the Selective Service System, 1926 – 1975, RG 147. National Archives at St. Louis, Missouri, n.d.

[10] “Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VZVV-LVQ : 4 November 2017), Creasie Ann Motley in entry for Noah Singleton and Birdie Lee Burton Mims, 12 Sep 1936; citing Jefferson, Alabama, United States, County Probate Courts, Alabama; FHL microfilm 2,407,747.

[11] “United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V152-S4T : 27 July 2019), Louise Singleton in household of Noah Singleton, Tract 29, Birmingham, Election Precinct 9, Jefferson, Alabama, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 68-3, sheet 11A, line 26, family 230, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 91.

[12] “United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JLH8-W53 : 20 May 2014), Noah Singleton, Oct 1978; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

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