Discrepancy in first name

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Discrepancy in first name

Postby JimmyT » 23 Mar 2011, 01:15

I have no discrepancies involving our last name. My problem is with my father's first name. He was born and baptized Domenico, but used Dominick on all documents throughout his life. Marriage, my birth certificate, even his death certificate all show Dominick. I hope this is minor as it is just a different version of the same name. Has anyone come across this?. I'll be applying in NY.

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Re: Discrepancy in first name

Postby johnnyonthespot » 23 Mar 2011, 09:39

You can never be certain about these things. In mid-2008, NYC gave me a pass on Giuseppe/Joseph however the latter appeared only on my grandfather's death certificate.
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Re: Discrepancy in first name

Postby mler » 23 Mar 2011, 11:58

They were also ok with Gabriele/Gabriel

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Re: Discrepancy in first name

Postby johnnyonthespot » 23 Mar 2011, 12:06

JimmyT, is your father still living?

If yes, then there are simple solutions; if no, then I still don't forsee a problem in NY. Absolute worst case is that they will ask you to have your own birth certificate amended and possibly your parent's marriage certificate - a process which will be much easier if at least one of your parents is living.
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Re: Discrepancy in first name

Postby JimmyT » 23 Mar 2011, 13:01

My mother is still living. My question at this point is that if they have a problem with the middle names and I have to get documents changed, will they allow me time to fix the documents or will the whole package be rejected and i'm back on the waiting list for a year from now?

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Re: Discrepancy in first name

Postby johnnyonthespot » 23 Mar 2011, 13:11

No, you won't have to start over; generally NY will say, "fix this and then mail me the new documents" or they will offer a new appointment in a month or so.

My rule in these cases is always to just go ahead and fix whatever you can in advance, if for no other reason than to make life simpler for the future genealogists in your family.

Were you born in New York? New York City, or outside the city but within the state?

Where and approximately when were your parent's married?
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Re: Discrepancy in first name

Postby JimmyT » 23 Mar 2011, 22:35

New York City. I'm going tomorrow to change my birth certificate. It probably won't be ready in time, but I'll have a head start.

You've made me feel better concerning how they will treat me.


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