JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: California Birth records--living people included #general

Dick Plotz

Paul Wolf wrote regarding the use of mother's maiden name by financial
institutions as an identifier:

I use a code name for such records, not my mother's actual maiden name.
Whenever I am asked for my mother's maiden name as an identifier, I take the
opportunity to (gently) lecture the hapless functionary about the ready
availability of this information in public sources. It has been news to the
functionary every time. Many other "private" pieces of information could be
used for the same purpose (e.g., name of a pet), and some institutions give
a choice of such identifiers. I take these interactions as opportunities to
raise the consciousness of these clueless people in the hopes that
eventually the word will reach those who set the policies and nobody will
have to fear the public revelation of their mother's maiden name. It would
make life much easier for genealogists.

Dick Plotz
Providence RI USA

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