Looking for Birth Cerificate/Official Verification of Birth

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My grandmother's name was Katherine Schell (nee Turman) Her profile is Turman-386.  I am trying to apply for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution.  The officials want me to obtain my grandmother's birth, marriage, and death certificates.  According to her obituary, she was born in Graysville, Sullivan County, Indiana on January 2, 1900.  Most of the records I've been able to find, like the 1900 federal census, indicate birth in Indiana, but I've called the Sullivan County Library, and they can't find anything.  In the year 1900 the family moved to Marshall, Clark County, Illinois, and she lived there until college, I believe.  Any help with proof of birth would be appreciated.
WikiTree profile: Katharine Schell
in Genealogy Help by Richard Herndon G2G1 (1.5k points)
Indiana didn’t have centralized birth records until 1907.  Did you check with the town and county offices where she was born?
I believe I checked with those offices, who referred me to the library.  I can look again to see if the web page for the county looks familiar.  Graysville is very small.
Do you know if she had a Social Security number?  If she did, you can order a copy of her application.  She would have needed to supply either a birth certificate or affidavit as proof of her age.
Great suggestion!  I don't know if she ever worked, and she died at age 64.  Is there an index of SSN's where I can do a search?

I did.  She’s not there.  I’m not sure she ever worked, so she may not have needed an SSN, however, she did travel overseas and had a passport number in about 1959-60.

If that doesn’t work, look for a passport application.  Ancestry shows her as a ship passenger from New York in 1960, which might mean a trip somewhere that required a passport, another document that requires proof of birth...
The State Department has those applications, not sure how you get a copy, but it probably says somewhere on their web site.
Thanks, I'll check it out.

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For 1900 you may find something at the city or county archives, then there was the churches in the area they keep records in the old days, plus there was a law back then in 1907 that all you need to do was bring someone who knew you and also known in. the community, sign a statement of acknowledgement of the applicants and a birth was sign and given.  I have three uncles who got there birth records that way.  A lot of times you show up in person because not all records are given to ancestry or my heritage, that is how I found in in Indiana and Missouri. Also around Knoxville.  They also want to make money for the info.  Al Smith.
by Alfred Smith G2G6 Mach 1 (16.4k points)
selected by Richard Herndon
Thank you. Also. Police records will have it.
Would they have it if there was no criminal activity?
No I don’t think so.  I relating to one of my finds.  In the 1940s   ,,

I took a chance and inquired at a jail in Senath Missouri and the officer open a book and there he was, surprised.

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