Patricia, I don't know if this will help you, but if you were searching
in IOWA - there is such a thing as a "delayed birth record" - and I
would guess this exists in states other than Iowa.
If it were me, looking for a person that I felt was b. 1905, and I knew
he applied for SS# in 1936, and I was looking in Iowa, I would look
under "delayed birth certificates" in the year 1936 - right around the
date he applied for SS#. In Iowa, the delayed bc's are filed by year
applied, NOT by year born...
If I could not find it there, I would look in delayed bc's between 1905
and 1936. I would "guess" he would have had to have had some sort of bc
for the SS# in 1936 (although that is just my guess). Do you have any
other dates/years for his life that he might have had to have had a bc
for? If so, I would look in that year, under delayed bc's...I would try
to come up with a "significant life happening" for the individual and
look under delayed bc's in that year...and hopefully find it, sooner or
later. This may or may not help, but it's what I would do, if I were
looking in Iowa for the same thing.
PS: Will be anxious to hear how you DO find it!