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Q: Genealogy: SSDI Information ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Genealogy: SSDI Information
Category: Relationships and Society
Asked by: nyma-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 12 Jul 2006 18:55 PDT
Expires: 11 Aug 2006 18:55 PDT
Question ID: 745801
what information will i be able to get from the Social Security.  I
have my great grandfathers social security number and death date (from
What further information can i get? 
How do i get it?
How long does it take?
Do i need to prove the relationship? (he died in 1967)
Subject: Re: Genealogy: SSDI Information
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 12 Jul 2006 20:07 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Hello really seem to be hot on the trail!

If you haven't already, please head to Rootsweb:

and perform an SSDI search on your grandfather.

Once you have the results, all the way on the right-hand side of the
page under the "Tools" column should be an option to generate an "SS-5
letter".  Click on this.

This letter is a formal request to the Social Security Administration
for a copy of the application filed for your grandfather's SS#.

The information available varies a bit, depending on the date it was
filed, but should include his place of birth and the full names of
both parents (including the maiden name).  There may be other
information as well.

It generally takes 3-4 weeks to receive a reply, although it could be
longer if they are particularly backed up.  Note that there is a fee
of $27 involved.

There are no other requirements for the do not even need
to be a relative.

Let me know if you need anything else.


search strategy -- Used bookmarked sites for SSDI

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 12 Jul 2006 20:17 PDT
Thanks to you, too!

By the way, here's an image of what one of the old application forms looks like:
nyma-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $4.00
Thank You !!  I appreciate the answer : )

Subject: Re: Genealogy: SSDI Information
From: markvmd-ga on 12 Jul 2006 20:13 PDT
I will leave it to a Researcher to answer the question but would like
to say that (IMHO) the neatest piece of info on an SS-5 is where the
applicant was working at the time of applying for a social security
number. Even if not helpful to the research, it can give you a glimpse
of the person's life at that moment. I dunno if all of them include
this information-- forms change over time, I assume-- but it is pretty
cool stuff.

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