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  •  When I applied for SS I ordered a copy (7+ / 0-)

    of my birth certificate. I cannot remember ever seeing it before. It was a copy of a typewritten document with 5 errors on it. My mother's maiden name was misspelled, my father's birthdate was wrong, and some other errors. But the most astonishing thing was that I have been going by a different first name...my entire life! All of my school records, diplomas, driver license, and even my SS card has a different first name than what is on my birth certificate! Well, same name with a  major difference in spelling.

    So I go in to the SS office with my birth certificate to apply for Social Security and the clerk notices all of the discrepancies and asks me if I want to change my name, and I ask her "change my name from what to what?" Remember, same name, just different spellings. So she must have seen the absurdity of this, so she starts asking me questions like what was my maternal grandmother's maiden name, what state was my paternal grandmother born in and a couple of other questions. And she decides that I am who I say I am and I get my Social Security. YEAH!

    So, yes, I can understand how these things are hardly ever simple.

    "Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall" - President Obama, January 20, 2013

    by savano66 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 08:44:26 PM PDT

    •  PS: (6+ / 0-)

      Nothing like having a major identity crisis at age 65 but fortunately I was seeing a really good therapist at the time I found out I am not who I always thought I was.

      "Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall" - President Obama, January 20, 2013

      by savano66 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 08:56:01 PM PDT

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    •  I'd be screwed - if I have to go back (2+ / 0-)
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      that far.
      Mom and grandparents born in the "old country" (I'm firrst generation) - have no idea what my grandparents names were.  Birth father died when I was 4 - never saw his family after that have no idea what their names were.

      On my ...............
      After reading all the comments I hope I can figure my way through this - with some helpful government employees along the way.

      Thanks for sharing your story.

    •  Yep (2+ / 0-)
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      My grandmother had gone by "Anne" her entire life.  Went to apply for SS, she learned for the first time that her legal name was "Edith Anne."  Marriage license, every piece of identity paper her whole life was "Anne" and a different middle name.  

      No earthly idea what is the problem with parents who name a child something they don't intend to call the child.  My husband is "Michael XXXX," but has been called by his middle name his entire life.  His parents called him that.  So why name him Michael?  He's like some kind of bank robber, he's got all kinds of records as Michael XXX, Michael X, M.X., M. XXXX, it's ridiculous.  I wanted him to legally change it to XXXX Michael, but now we have a child and Michael XXXX is on kiddo's BC, so probably too much of a hassle at this point.  But it's a major pain when we apply for joint credit, there's about half a dozen "aliases" for DH.

      Thought is only a flash in the middle of a long night, but the flash that means everything - Henri Poincaré

      by milton333 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 08:41:16 AM PDT

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    •  A birth certificate doesn't really identify you (3+ / 0-)
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      mchristi314, savano66, MNDem999

      It's hard for someone else to get your birth certificate, but in and of itself, there is no such thing as proof of who you are. Maybe if birth certificates had bio-markers, then that might be more definitive.

      SSA can verify who you are to their satisfaction. If you know the answer to a few questions. It is not, of course, definitive proof. They used this to great effect in the aftermath of Katrina when people lost everything and only SSA could verify them on the spot.

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