Dear Simon N.,
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Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City on October 11, 1884. At that time, births were only sporadically recorded in any type of official public record. Previous searches of local and state public records have not located any official birth certificate or birth record for either Franklin D. or Eleanor Roosevelt. To the best knowledge of the staff of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library (LP-FDR), both Franklin and Eleanor were born at home, FDR at Springwood in Hyde Park, NY, and Eleanor on 38th Street in New York City. If you have additional research questions regarding Mrs. Roosevelt, please contact LP-FDR via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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To conduct your own search of local records, please check for birth records at New York City Records & Information Services.
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