I am a US citizen that was born abroad. I lost my birth certificate and need a new one, but how?!?
I went through this with my son. He was born abroad when his dad when in the military. I was given the run around but finally got it. I called the American consulate in Washington DC and they helped me. Good luck!
You have to go to the hall of records
If you were born in a foreign country to American parents, and lost your birth certificate, you have two options. Either go through the country that you were born in or go to the US Government website, under the Department of State. My son was born in The Netherlands, while I was stationed in Belgium. He had a Birth certificate issued by the department of state of the US. All you will need to do is give the name, place and date of birth, and other pertinent information to them and they can send you a certified copy.
Or, to save yourself from going through the rigmarole, contact your local US Congressman. Most of them have regional offices. They can cut through red tape like a hot knife through butter, and that's why they have offices in the district to help out constituents. That's a lot better than trying to deal with the agencies yourself.