TN 26 (11-99)
GN 00307.956 Developing Evidence of Age for a Person Born in Macedonia
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.
The following records are considered reliable and accepted at face value:
SSA makes no assumptions about the reliability or basis for the information shown on civil birth records from Macedonia for births before 1949. SSA evaluates such a document as a record made at the time the document was issued based on statements by the interested party(ies) or third parties at the time the document was issued.
Do not request evidence from Macedonia. Develop for other evidence of age.
If the claimant lives in the U.S., develop for convincing evidence as explained in
GN 00302.115, GN 00302.118 and GN 00302.125. If the claimant lives outside the U.S., develop as explained in GN 00307.150C.
If the claimant submits evidence from Macedonia, evaluate it as explained in GN 00307.956B.