Is it possible to find actual birth certificates from 1871 in NYC without being a relative of that individual?
I'm stuck on how to factually document his life before 1916. I've found a bit of info on his wife, Gertrude Helen Tenzer, but it's very spotty in newspaper articles.
I'd very much appreciate any help/guidance. I've found his SS# and his wife's, but that didn't take effect until after his name changed. His art appeared in a few magazines early on when he signed his work as Lindner.