JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: SS-5s (and birth certs) #general

H Duboff


Greetings, all..

Here is yet another example of how information can be inaccurate from
the start. When my daughter was born (on Shabbos), we told the
hospital staff that we needed to wait until after dark to fill out any
paperwork (besides the fact that she didn't have her name until after
Shabbos services that morning). I provided the information, but in my
proud, "new father" state of mind (tsufleigen), instead of writing my
wife's maiden name, I wrote down the married name. Thus, it could
appear as if we had the same last name before marriage.

Also, on the death certificate >from my great-great grandmother, her
father's name is listed with the same last name as her married name.
Yet on death certificates >from her children, her maiden name is listed
with a different last name. That somewhat jibes with the family lore
that she and her husband switched names in Russia. (I realize there
are those who disagree that such a thing was easily done. I'll leave
it up to the moderator to decide if this is the forum for such a

A final note; I heartily agree with those who say to hold onto
documents (SS-5s, death records, etc.) that appear to be the "wrong
person" after all. I held onto an SS-5 for about the past 10 years
now. I'm just now finding out, after further research, that the
person is quite possibly a relative by marriage.


Researching: FAERSTEIN, TICKNER; (Skalo - Austria);
MAILSHANKER/MELSZENKER (Grading/Gorodok Podol. and Buenos Aires -
Argentina); OBLETZ, ROSOFF (Dokshytz - Belarus) ; FINN (Gluboko -
Vilna); RAFKIN/RAVKIN (Dwinsk - Russia); ZEMBLE (Lushnitz -
Russia);DUBOWY (Zalocie - Austria)