i'm not my own grandpa, but i would like to know more about him.
October 19, 2012 3:33 PM   Subscribe

how hard is it to get a birth certificate from the philippines (possibly malaysia) when you don't know all the information?

i would like to get a birth certificate for my father's father (my grandfather), who was born (supposedly) in the philippines (although, i guess it's theoretically possible he was born in malaysia, i'm not sure - longish story i have very little detail on). all i have is his name - i don't know his mother's or father's name (which negates me trying to get it online).

the spanner in the works is that my father is now deceased, my father's mother died when he was very young, and for years my father (and i) were told that my grandfather had died when my father was a baby, but he had really left my grandmother for another woman. i only found this out recently, and there wasn't a whole lot of other information about my grandfather that's known. i can't find him in the SSDI, so for all i know, he didn't die here either.

can anyone help? any experience with this? my father's bc lists my grandfather as being a filipino of malaysian descent, so i don't know if he might have been born there. any tips helpful.
posted by koroshiya to Law & Government (3 answers total)
Response by poster: i guess i should add that i live in the US and have no plans to go to the philippines any time soon, so i'd like to do this as remotely as i can.
posted by koroshiya at 3:41 PM on October 19, 2012

I haven't tried it for myself, but it seems quite easy, though you will need a proxy from the philippines as the delivery is just within the philippines.

According to the National Statistics Office, direct descendants are allowed to request for the birth certificate, and these are the information you need to provide for verification:

Complete name of the child (first, middle, last)
Complete name of the father
Complete maiden name of the mother
Date of birth (month, day, year)
Place of birth (city/municipality, province)
Whether or not registered late. (If registered late, please state the year when it was registered.
Complete name and address of the requesting party
Relationship to the child
Number of copies needed
Purpose of the certification

You can find out more here
Other frequently asked questions here
posted by drea at 5:19 PM on October 19, 2012

Oh sorry I didn't read the entire question. Maybe you can go about finding out the necessary information through public documents?

Can someone request for an NSO Certificate that belongs to another person?
Yes. But the requestor should be an immediate family member of the document holder for Birth Certificates. Since Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates and CENOMARs or Certificate of No Marriage are considered as public documents, anyone may request these documents.
posted by drea at 7:02 PM on October 19, 2012

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