Re: Name change records NYC #austria-czech #galicia #names #records


My father and his brothers changed their last name to make it easier for business purposes and perhaps to sound more American.  They did not use the courts to do so.  They were all born in the USA, so there were no naturalization papers. It's perfectly legal to do this as long as it is not for fraudulent purposes.  It can cause problems though. Dad had to have his brother's wife swear that she knew him under both names when he applied for Social Security.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

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