A Life Begins in International Falls!

Birth Record Jacket


 Keith Barclay John McDonald, was born in International Falls, Koochiching County, Minnesota on March 13, 1910. On occasion his birthday would fall on Friday and his children would tease him about Friday the 13th. He took it in stride.   

It was his custom to always take a day off from work on his birthday.  I thought it was a great idea.  So in honor of this tradition, I took a day off work for my birthday.  He believed in celebrating the events in his life especially birthdays.    

His birth certificate was dated — issued April 3, 1941.  I found it among his papers.  Many people at this time sought out their birth records so they could apply for Social Security.  It was not always an easy task to obtain a birth record.  His older sister Vivian had letters and affidavits to determine her birthdate and was eventually successful.  

Here is the front jacket and nothing is written on it.  Inside it reads as follows:  

  • For his name “—— McDonald (unnamed in return)” 
  • Birthdate is Mar. 13, 1910. 
  • He is listed as male, 7th in order of birth, 7th child of the mother. 
  • Father is given as Ronald Sanfield McDonald, age 43, W., birthplace Canada, occupation – Business
  • Mother is Grace A. Barclay age 27, W., born Minnesota, occupation – Housewife. 
  • Physician was Mary C. Ghostley residing in International Falls
  • Date of the report was March 13, 1910.
  • The Registrar was a G. F. Swinnerton, International Falls, Date of filing March 20, 1910.  It was signed the State of Minnesota, County of Koochiching, in District Court – Fifteenth Judicial District. 
  • J. H. Drummond was the Clerk of the District Court etc. etc.etc.  

This is what I viewed personally as written in the birth registers at the Koochiching County Courthouse in International Falls when I visited there in 2000.  I know this unnamed baby to be my father, Keith.  

Koochiching County Courthouse


 Wikipedia gives some very interesting information on Friday the 13th and its impact on our culture.  I was just teasing him about his birthday being on Friday, but maybe I shouldn’t have???  Oh dear did I just admit to being the culprit?

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