We found your radio program on the Internet, and it's very good. Do you have any links to past broadcasts?
Here's something to look at:
Can you imagine a real estate deal where you were NOT allowed to see the deeds? Is an "abstract" always acceptable?
Let's say that the Hawaiian Certification of Birth, that paper that has "2007" stamped on the back is real . . . that it came from Hawaii. If genuine, that document is what's known as an abstract in legal terms. An abstract is supposed to be a summary of preexisting documents, right? A "report card" is an abstract of a student's grades derived from the student's work. A "personal check," in a way, is an abstract you give someone, and it's based partly on how much money you have when you write it, and it's a promise to pay.
NOW, is it possible to get into a computer system and change the grades that appear on a report card? How many minutes (or seconds) would it take to so that? Is it possible to write a check on a nonexistent account, or for more money than what's in a real account? Who checks these things and when does the truth come out? What if the check is postdated?
This is why we need to see THE original. If I were in a real estate transaction for property that had an abstract, and something questionable came up, I would insist on seeing all of the original deeds! Wouldn't you? It is a fact (source: published information from the State of Hawaii) that Hawaii does have Birth Certificates on file going back 100 years, and even microfilmed copies for some births in the 1800s. Think about that.
What Is an "Abstract?"
Funk Wagnalls Dictionary: A summary or epitome, as of a document. (note: Epitome comes from the Greek word epitemnein, meaning to cut short or abridge.)
US LEGAL.com Dictionary ( HTTP: definitions.uslegal.com/a/abstract/ ): Abbreviated history of an official record. (note: In this intension, the "certification" is not the official record, but the "certificate" is.)
Thanks for the letters you sent in to us. We've added a new link to your Museum of Innocence blog as "M of I"