reply to post by LadyGreenEyes
Not to mention the number is proven to be out of sequence
Quite wrong, actually. And had you studied the problem carefully, as you claim, you would know better.
Here are the data points we have:
WND Mystery certificate – 09945 – 8/23/1961
Nordyke, Susan – 10637 – 8/5/1961
Nordyke, Gretchen – 10638- 8/5/1961
Obama, Barack – 10641- 8/4/1961
Waidelich, Stig – 10920- 8/5/1961
Sunahara, Virginia – 11080 – 8/4/1961
Clearly the sequence numbers are not in order by birth date. But is there any other ordering there that might shed some light on the 'problem'?
Well, yes there is.
We don't know the name on 09945, but the Nordykes, Obama's and Waidelich Certificates are in ALPHABETIC sequence. Consistent with system that
alphabetized certificates by name and not by birth date, and processed them in batches. Sequencing them by birth date would be useless if the were
batched over, say, two weeks or a month. And they don't get filed in the archives by date either.
Rudimentary statistical analysis shows that the spread of numbers is approximately what you would expect if a the batch size was one month, I believe,
and I think that 9945 is predicted to be a name beginning with 'A'. The fly in the ointment is that Ms. Sunahara does not fit with that hypothesis.
Two possibilities come to mind:
One she is the only one born in a different city and hospital, the others are all born at Kapiolani; perhaps the batches were also by hospital or
city. The purpose of the alphabetization would to find a document if special handling or questions came up, so maybe they batched them as Honolulu and
everybody else, or something, to make the batches more managable.
But, to me, the most obvious difference is that Ms. Sunahara died shortly after birth. It is likely that her certificate got pulled out of the regular
batch and handled differently, perhaps in a different office that processed death certificates.
It may be a combination of both of those. In any case, with the exception of Ms. Sunahara, the numbers are in a sequence that would be extremely
useful to a manual processing system like the one that would have been in use at the time.