Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Birth Certificate is a LIE !

I think that I have figured out why my passport application was not accepted.  Now I have to figure out what to do about it.

I was born September 10, 1951 in the little hospital on the hill in Willits, Mendocino County, California.  

True.  So far, so good.  But! That’s not the problem   (I think.  Despite what the letter from the Passport Center says) 

My parents were Louise Marie McGinness (maiden name) and Rolf Siegfried Mijjares.

Subsequently, my parents were divorced.  My mother remarried and I was adopted by her new husband Harold Reed.   Harry and mother also divorced.  My mother later married Gordon Dale Owes who also adopted me.  They later divorced, but by the time my mother married her 4th husband I was married and had a child of my own, so Don did not adopt me.  We hardly ever even saw each other.  

My legal maiden name is Barbara Louise Owes and I believe that is what is on my birth certificate.  I really need to get another copy!!  (Working on it.)  I wonder what it says about place of birth and how I can get this cleared up.  

“Birth certificates” do not show the record of birth, they show the now fictionalized account as the latest legal couple and government entity choose to portray it.  

Which can get pretty interesting as the various parties were all living active lives before they got together that really do not mesh.  Multiple children can be “born” to the same couple in impossible time frames and geographic locations.  

Do birth records exist for me as Barbara Louise Mijares and if so, how do I prove that is me? or using my legal birth certificate, how do I prove that I was born a citizen?

Wandering wonders -   What do the birth certificates of children adopted by both parents say?  If the “birth certificate” shows the legal parents, is there any actual birth record?? What if the child was adopted from another country? Or, If a person was born a US citizen, but adopted by non-US citizens, would (s)he lose his/her citizenship?  How would (s)he prove citizenship if the birth certificate showed non-citizens who were living somewhere else at the time of birth?

My Birth Certificate is a LIE ! and so are a lot of others apparently.  What good is that?

I no longer trust birth certificates.

I still have to figure out how to get a passport. I am going to get a new certified copy of my legal birth certificate.  I am going to try to contact the hospital and see what records they have and will give me.  I called the Passport Center who said someone from some department will probably call me sometime on one of the numbers I gave them.  If  they do not get hold of me, they will probably not leave a message and they will probably not call back.  Nice. Our tax dollars working to serve the US citizen. So, if I don't hear from them in a week or two, I can try again.


  1. I am sure you are incredibly frustrated by this turn of events. I am so sorry. I hope it can be resolved without much hoopla, and money. I'll keep you in my prayers.

  2. You probably told me all of this at one time, but I didn't really remember it. The good thing is that these issues usually resolve themselves, eventually. The bad thing is the "eventually". Major frustration, though, I know.

    Interesting but hardly relevant, when I first joined the church, Willits was in my stake! That would be the old San Rafael Stake; no idea what stake it is in now.

  3. My birth certificate does name my third father as father and does not say where I was born. My actual original birth certificate would have been destroyed when I was adopted the first time. My 2nd birth certificate would have been destroyed when I was adopted the 2nd time.
    Birth certificates of adoptees are not worth much. Many adoptees have trouble getting passports. Some never do.
    The sins of the fathers.....

  4. Wow... I am way behind here and just now catching up on this story - very, very frustrating I would imagine!