Parent's affidavits made many years ago but not used as a basis for a DBC may also
be given high probative value.
In evaluating such an affidavit, consider the following questions:
When was the affidavit made?
Who has had custody of it over the years?
Why was the affidavit made?
Judging by the handwriting and general appearance, does the affidavit appear to have
been made at the time purported?
Are there any other pertinent facts or observations relevant to a proper evaluation
of the affidavit?
If the affidavit does not show the date of recordation, try to establish when the
affidavit was made.
An affidavit signed by a parent who died in 1947 would clearly establish that the
affidavit was made in or before 1947.
If a claimant states convincingly that the parent's affidavit was a prerequisite for
his obtaining employment in a defense plant during World War II, this establishes
the general time period when the affidavit was made.
See GN 00302.585 for instructions concerning statements of other persons.