Her mum lied about her name
“I found my mother’s original birth certificate. Her name was Ada. When she was 15 or 16 she decided she didn’t like that name and scratched it out and wrote in her name of choice. She then told anyone who saw it that the doctor got it wrong and that’s how they corrected things ‘back then.’” – Stephanie Hodge via quora.com.
Uncle had big bucks
“After my uncle passed away in October, we were quite surprised to find that, despite his hermetic lifestyle and shoddy abode, he had over half a million in cash.” – Anonymous via reddit.com
His mother had a secret husband
“Going through my mother’s papers I found her passport from Austria, under the name “Ida Pinkasowich.” I thought my mother’s maiden name was Sachs (which I took after she died), so who was Pinkasowich? Well, she lived in Vienna for a number of years. There she met and married a young man, Eric Pinkasowich – I have their wedding certificate – and together they emigrated to the US. I have very few relatives, and when I asked about this, all they could tell me was that they think Eric died of tuberculosis sometime in the early 1950s. I believed that until this year. I had cause to go through all of the papers again in January, and this time I discovered that my mum divorced Eric in 1949, for “abuse and neglect”! I found the original court papers she filed and the court decree granting the divorce.” – Robert Sachs via quora.com.