As I recall, the Puerto Rico birth certificate was a necessity for registration in the article I read. I assume PR-born have the right to vote in the USa, and so no consular or other papers apply - but obtaining an acceptable birth certificate from a far-away island in a short amount of time seems to be difficult even for important US citizens - especially the acceptable part.
Not sure what
s involved http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_hispanicaffairs/2010/06/puerto-rico-official-no-need-to-panic-over-expiring-birth-certificates.html Apparently all older certificates are invalid. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2010-06-08/news/os-box-puerto-ricans-birth-certificat20100607_1_puerto-ricans-puerto-rico-birth-certificates-application This says its a breeze - if you already have a government photo ID, access to a computer and scanner or digital camera, are sufficiently tech savvy, have a VISA credit card.
These, of course, are all things every poor or elderly person should have no problem with.
As for personal details, my dad can
t remember for sure what year he got married, and he has a PhD.; they were divorced in the 60s, my mother
s dead. If I hadnt written the details down 20 years ago, Id have a hard timewith those today…