TN 31 (08-05)
GN 00307.510 Certificates of Origin From Germany
West Germany began issuing certificates of origin (Abstammungsurkunde) on July 1, 1970. We do not have any information on if, or when, these certificates will be issued by the authorities in areas formerly in East Germany.
Certificates of origin are similar to birth certificates (Geburtsurkunde) but give more information about an individual's family. For example, a birth certificate for an adopted child shows the adopting parents as his parents. A certificate of origin shows his natural parents and the adoption and adopting parents' names are shown in the “changes of birth entry” section.
SSA evaluates certificates of origin under the same criteria as birth certificates.