|My mother's birth certificate from Franklin Hospital San Francisco|
Mom had stuffed several other documents in the same envelope. It is interesting to compare the hospital certificate with the information recorded by the State of California.
|State Issued Birth Certificate|
The most striking thing is that my grandfather's occupation is clearly stated as Mortician for N. Gray & Company. The other notable fact that I found a bit odd was that the birth certificate recorded that silver nitrate had been put into the baby's eyes. Apparently this was a requirement of California law that physicians put the silver nitrate solution in the baby's eyes and record it on the birth certificate.
|Receipt for the State Issued Birth Certificate|
|Divorce Final Judgement|
|Stamp of the Clerk of the Superior Court|
Based on the date, she probably gathered all of these documents together to file for Social Security when she reached age 66 in 2001. It is always helpful to scan both sides of documents and photographs because the backs often contain useful information.
My new commitment is to scan, photograph and preserve all of these documents and heirlooms that I have acquired over the course of my 27 years of family history research. It is a bit daunting for me but is better than seeing it all thrown out after I am gone. I advise you to do the same. Preserve the information hidden in your closets for the future generations and to share with your family today!