Today's Genealogy Tip of the Day comes from presidential family historian and convicted felon G. Gordon Liddy.
LIDDY: Well, here’s the thing. The document you speak of is a “certificate of live birth,” which is not a birth certificate. You can’t get a passport with that, you can’t even register your kids…I don't remember Gordon getting this hot and bothered by the circumstances of Chester A. Arthur's birth. Perhaps because Chester A. Arthur was a Republican. And died in 1886.
WOLFFE: Yes you can. That’s what I do. That’s what everyone does. The certificate of live birth is exactly what you get a passport with.
LIDDY: No, it’s a birth certificate.
WOLFFE: That’s — the copy of the birth certificate, everyone has copies of birth certificates. They use them all the time. Nobody hands out the one original document.
LIDDY: No, I wouldn’t expect them to. [Link]