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Re: Ducking immigration? False names

Hi Denise:

I have found all of the above in census records and even on my great uncle's visa application. My great uncle lived in Argentina for most of his life and had to renew his passport every few years. After listing his father as born in Florida on his passport and subsequent visas, one of the last applications lists his father as being born in Ceylon. Such creativity! Obviously someone at the American Consulate in Buenos Aires was asleep at the wheel and never checked his earlier visas.

His brother in Chicago got in on the act and said that their father (born in Florida and Ceylon) as being born in Mexico and spoke Spanish. My great great grandfather did speak Spanish but so did a lot of people born in Escambia County before the Civil War.

A distant branch of the family passed for white after they moved North. To hide the true racial classification the father lied and said that he was born in another country. Even though earlier census records show his birthplace as Florida.

So who knew that less than 100 years ago nosy people like us could tap on an electronic machine and catch folks in lies about their heritage, place of birth, their true age, various marriages.

Family disputes often lead to denying that a sister brother or cousin exists. (Who? Never heard of him)

In summary, all records have to be checked and cross checked.

Regards,

K Wyer Lane


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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