Okay, so - thru my tears I was continuing to look at my birth certificate, & I noticed that at the bottom it does have printed "this is a legal record & will be permanently filed" & then there's a line that has "date rec'd by local registrar" & it does have a Registrar's signature"
I know it's still NOT a cerfified copy, but when I looked up for passport info. for Chicago, they have something about a birth certificate showing it's been registered within one year of birth.
Think that'll make any difference? You can tell how desperate I am, right?
Thanks for any advice,