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Birth certificates have always been a poor method for tracking genetics. This is not a new issue.
In the case of adoption, birth certificates are generally re-issued with the names of the adoptive parents, and the originals are unavailable.
In the case of sperm donation, the name of the intended father appears on the birth certificate, not the name of the sperm donor.
In the case of, let us call it "indiscretion," the name of the father appearing on the birth certificate might not be the genetic father, though it is very likely the legal one. This varies by state, but in MA, for instance, a woman's husband is by default her child's father, and his name will appear on the birth certificate, regardless of genetic connection. This can be changed if all involved parties agree, but it is a complicated process.
So again, birth certificates have been a poor means for tracking genetics for as long as they've been in existence. Thankfully, genetic testing today is widely available and (relatively) inexpensive, so if a person has concerns, they can be resolved fairly easily.
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