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Birth Certificate Request Conundrum in Missouri

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Birth Certificate Request Conundrum in Missouri

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 2:37PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 31 Jul 2012 4:22PM GMT
I am relatively new to genealogical research but am having some difficulties with a request for grandfather's birth certificate. The request is less than straightforward because of the circumstances.

Grandfather was born out of wedlock and given mother's maiden name at time of birth which I knew and put in the request. The correct date of birth and mother were also in the vital records request.

Unfortunately the person at the vital records bureau in Missouri, as polite as can be, with the certificate in front of her told me that I could not get the document unless I could provide the given name that matched the certificate and neither of those I knew him as or any other of my family knew him as were listed on the certificate. I tried a couple of guesses based on the surmised father's name without success.

There is very likely no one or no records that know what given name he had at birth, although we are activating family members across the country in that attempt.

So, finally, my question is: Is there any way around this requirement that I must have the given name on the certificate to get access?

Thanks so much.

Jeff Chambers


SubjectAuthorDate Posted
JeffreyMax 31 Jul 2012 8:37PM GMT 
mi2early 31 Jul 2012 10:23PM GMT 
JeffreyMax 31 Jul 2012 10:29PM GMT 
JaneSchroer44 1 Aug 2012 2:18PM GMT 
JeffreyMax 2 Aug 2012 2:41AM GMT 
JaneSchroer44 2 Aug 2012 12:39PM GMT 
JaneSchroer44 2 Aug 2012 12:41PM GMT 
deballen924 9 Sep 2012 10:11PM GMT 
knort4 12 Sep 2012 7:50PM GMT 
JeffreyMax 13 Sep 2012 4:14AM GMT 
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