Shortly before Bliss Broyard's Father died, her Mother told Bliss and her Brother that their Father had a secret that he'd never told them. He was born to a black mother and father and his birth certificate listed him as "colored" at the time of his birth. On the day that he filled out an application to get his social security card, he decided that he was going to be "white" from then on.
A Red File is a binder or folder with all your important documents in one place. I keep mine in a fire safe so it is protected from fire but also easily accessible in case I am forced to evacuate, Here are some pictures of a sample Red File and various items that can be included.
RARE WATERCOLOR CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH AND BAPTISM FOR JOHN WESLEY DASHAM, HENRY YOUNG (1792-1861) PROBABLY AARONSBURG, CENTRE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, CIRCA 1852 Watercolor and ink on paper 11 by 7 1/2 in. via Sotheby's