My mom called me a few minutes ago to ask if I had access to the family records. I said I do, some of them at least (thinking that our genealogy database never got put back online after the most recent hardware upgrade). She needed her first husband's birth and death dates. Five minutes later I was looking at a copy of his birth certificate and the little booklet dohickey from his funeral service and a minute after that I was talking to my mom telling her recollection was exactly correct.
As for the urgency, one of my brothers is interviewing for a new job, one that will require a passport. And to get a passport, he needs his father's information.