From The Bismark Tribune of Mar. 5, 1936:
Hartford, Conn., March 5—(AP)—The tombstone over his father's grave served Thursday as birth certificate to assure an applicant of obtaining an old age pension.
Edward H. Reeves, director of the Connecticut old age assistance bureau, assured the applicant whose name he withheld, he would not have to bring the stone into the bureau to prove his date of birth was carved thereon. A birth record is a legal requirement.