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Monday, March 20, 2006

South Dakota to Stop Recording Births

A Genealogue News Flash [What's That?]
In a move meant to protect the identities of future South Dakotans, and to curb the spread of terroristic activity in their state, officials announced Monday that they will stop issuing birth certificates.

The announcement was promptly condemned by South Dakota's genealogical societies, but was praised by privacy advocates.

"This is a bold step," gushed Melvin Ferrick of Americans for Absolute Anonymity. "Studies show that every person whose identity was stolen in the past 25 years had a birth certificate. It marks you for life."

Assistant State Registrar Barbara Werner agrees. "Identity theft is rampant in South Dakota. We had two cases just last year. This measure will cut off the supply of identities at the source—just like the War on Drugs has cut off the supply of illegal narcotics."

Critics point out that birth certificates serve legitimate purposes—whether for obtaining a passport or tracing one's ancestry. But for Werner, the dangers far outweigh these trivial benefits.

"If parents really do want to expose their children to identity theft and a life of unending terror, they should give birth in Nebraska."
[Photo by Giuseppe Crimeni]

D. C. Russell

Under what, if any, conditions do you authorize reposting or forwarding this item.

It is marvelous and I would love to send it along to some of the idiotic politicians and vital records bureaucrats in other states.

Chris

Everything I write here is available under a Creative Commons license. As long as attribution and a link back to this site are given, reprinting is allowed. (Asking first, as you've done, is nice too.)

Anonymous

Chris,

I loved this blog, and also your posting titled "Man Steals Ancestor's Identity." I just sent off to Colorado for my hubby's great-grandparents' marriage certificate, as those are getting closed to public access soon. I just know Al-Quaida is planning that 1907 document for their next diabolical activity!

Thanks for the laughs!

kidmiff
http://ancestories.bravejournal.com

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