Birth Certificate name change - HELP!

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Birth Certificate name change - HELP!

Postby ericataylor22 » 23 Sep 2011, 23:06

So back in 1911 the State of PA royally screwed up my grandfather's birth certificate and gave him, and his parents the incorrect last name, but everything else is correct. I now need to correct this information and it requires a court order.

How do I go about getting a court order in the State of PA? Also mind you, I don't live there.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, as this is the last and most important document needed for my consulate meeting in Feb. 2012!!!!!

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Re: Birth Certificate name change - HELP!

Postby alm » 24 Sep 2011, 00:38

I have the exact same problem and went to the office of vital records in Harrisburg today and asked how to correct it. They told me the only way to change a birth certificate of a deceased person is with a court order.

So it doesn't look good for my case either. Although in my case I'm applying F-GF and it's my grandmother's name that's wrong, not GF's.

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Re: Birth Certificate name change - HELP!

Postby JJ313 » 24 Sep 2011, 06:51

Take a look at the following post on another forum for amending documents via a court order.

http://expatsinitaly.com/phpbbforum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=9203

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Re: Birth Certificate name change - HELP!

Postby corrado » 25 Sep 2011, 03:33

wow JJ that is very usefull. For us do-it-yourself types.

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Re: Birth Certificate name change - HELP!

Postby 846newyorker » 18 Oct 2011, 04:42

I am also about to go through the process of having a Pennsylvania birth certificate changed. According to other responders on this site in earlier posts, you need to petition a court in the county of your grandfather's birth. The steps I am about to go through in the coming weeks (with any luck) but have not started, so I can't provide more insight:
- Get a lawyer in the county of my grandfather's birth
- Have lawyer submit a petition to change the birth certificate explaining all the proof, along with a proposed court order actually changing the certificate (which the judge will then sign or not).
- Send the signed court order to Vital Records to process the change.

I will be submitting the following documents as proof: baptism record, social security application, military record, passport application, marriage certificate, death certificate.

(On a side note of pure speculation, I strongly suspect that the problems in PA are often caused by sloppy transcription errors from the originals to the computer extract. And since Vital Records will not allow you to see the original hand/typewritten copy without a court order, or so they told me, there's no way of verifying this without going to a judge.)


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