Just wondering if others have also come across this situation where a civil record date of birth is 2 days before the DOB an individual believed.
For example, the civil birth record of my great uncle, is May 10th, 1913. I was later told by a child of this man that the birthday was May 12th, i.e the family of the man had always celebrated his birthday on the 12th.
It is also the case of my own mother, (born in 1950). She always celebrated her birthday as the 9th April. Later on in life (she thinks it was when she was getting married at age 22) she got a copy of her birth cert from the local registry office and she was surprised to see that on the cert her DOB was 7th April, so when filling out forms from then on she used the 7th April and celebrated her birthday on that date.
She is the youngest of 12 children, and I remember telling a first cousin of mine this story, only for her to reveal it was the exact same situation with her father (my uncle)...
I have since asked family members for the birthdays of their parents etc. and compared them with the information on my tree and found that it was very common.
My guess is that the birthdays celebrated were that of the baptism of the child, which would usually have been very quick after birth back then (two days).