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Old 12-18-2013, 12:33 PM
 
Location: From the Northwest in SC
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I have been trying to research my geneology on my mothers side, she was adopoted but knew both her biloligical parents. My grandfather told me more than 10 years ago that he changed his name prior to his military service and I didn't need to know why (He was not a good person). Is there anyway to find him prior to his name change? I know his mothers maiden name (he wasn't raised by her) but cannot find any information on him prior to the late 90's other than his enlistment details in the Navy. He was born in Des Moines, IA and his no longer living.
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Old 12-18-2013, 02:48 PM
 
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His Mother's maiden name could help locate her in the 1940 census.
What would be your Grandfather's age if he were living today?
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There is a genealogy forum and some of the good members over there go back and forth. So if you are only interested in deceased ancestors, the genealogy forum may be a good place for your question.
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:54 PM
 
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I have been trying to research my geneology on my mothers side, she was adopoted but knew both her biloligical parents. My grandfather told me more than 10 years ago that he changed his name prior to his military service and I didn't need to know why (He was not a good person). Is there anyway to find him prior to his name change? I know his mothers maiden name (he wasn't raised by her) but cannot find any information on him prior to the late 90's other than his enlistment details in the Navy. He was born in Des Moines, IA and his no longer living.
Is grandfather the bio grandfather of your Mom, or the adopted grandfather of your Mom?

Do you know grandfather's birthdate? Do you know his Mom's first name?

Do you think that he legally changed the name? If so, there could be a court record.

Knowing his Mom's maiden name you could search marriage records for Iowa (assuming that his folks married & that they married in Iowa.)
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/...orical_Records)

Can you post here your grandfather's birthdate, and his mom's maiden name?

www.familysearch.org is a good place to start looking at census & other databases.
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:43 AM
 
Location: From the Northwest in SC
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This is my mothers birth father to which she has her original birth record after years of searching.

I have the following on my grandfather:
Grandfathers Birthdate, birth location
Grandfathers mothers name (he handwrote it on the back of a picture from the 1930's) and birth year. He had to be illegitimate as she was 16 and his grandmother raised him.
Did he legally change his name? No I don't know, he wouldn't tell me. If he did could I find it via the court system?

SS #: I can get this from my mother, it was on his Will however I didn't think it was necessary being as he went into the war after 1940 so his name was changed by then.

I have an account on Ancestory and cannot find anyone in the 1940's or 1930's in his birth state with his mothers mothers name or the name he changed it to.

I don't really want to hand out details just looking for sources to search myself.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:07 AM
 
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This is my mothers birth father to which she has her original birth record.
I have Grandfathers Birthdate, birth location
Grandfathers mothers name and birth year. He had to be illegitimate as she was 16 and his grandmother raised him.
Did he legally change his name? No I don't know, he wouldn't tell me. If he did could I find it via the court system?
SS #: I can get this from my mother, it was on his Will.
I have an account on Ancestory and cannot find anyone in the 1940's or 1930's in his birth state with his mothers mothers name or the name he changed it to.
I don't really want to hand out details just looking for sources to search myself.
I'll send you a few ideas specific to your question and not so much for other types of searches.
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Old 12-20-2013, 12:07 AM
 
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If you have his social security number than it will be easy to obtain his original SS5 (original Social Security application.) If he changed his name, but kept the same social security number than there may be a clue to find there. It does cost $27. to get the SS5 copy.
http://www.ssa.gov/online/ssa-711.pdf

If you know his mother's name than try to locate her & her family in U.S. census. www.familysearch.org is a good source. So is www.ancestry.com if you have a subscription. Ancestry is also available for free on many public library computers.

1940 is the most recent U.S. census to have personal names / info made public. The census is done every ten years. (1890 was destroyed, BTW.)

Some states do their own state census, often on the 5's, i.e. NY had a 1905, 1915, 1925.

Keep in mind that names are often transcribed incorrectly from the census page to the index. If you can't find someone than trying doing a phonetic search (Ancestry) or in Family Search simply don't check the little "exact" box.

If a name change is done legally than there will be a court record. One has to know what locality to search in for that. Of course, some people just started using a different name without benefit of documentation.

Have you tried to acquire his military records? It seems that he would have had to present some documentation to the military, so even if he was using a different name they may have a record of the name change. Veterans' Service Records A lot of records were destroyed in the 1970's in a fire, but it's worth a try.

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