Many of the civil records in Macedonia were destroyed during WWII. The reconstructions
of these records were usually based on the testimony of third parties. Often, certifications
of the reconstructed records do not show that they are reconstructed records.
Since the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade has closed, SSA cannot obtain or verify birth records
from Macedonia. In addition, before the Embassy closed, the Macedonian Government
had been denying Embassy representatives access to these records.