One quick shot across your bows, ronwill. If you were to try to do anything that necessitates proof of birth, you will have to find some way of proving it. My wife's birth certificate was lost, and she had a duplicate sent to her from the hospital where she was born.
Try getting a passport without a birth certificate.
Not a shot across my bows (I don't take discussions personally). I do have a certified copy of my birth certificate and it looks nothing like the original. I was just responding to exhibit B: No Original Birth Certificate.