Social Security Application News

According to a blog post by genealogist Megan Smolenyak, there is a new restriction to parent name information on Social Security Applications.  Previously, a genealogy researcher could order the application of anyone listed in the Social Security Death Index and receive a copy of the complete application for $27-29.  Parents’ names are listed on the applications, and that piece of information is why most researchers obtain them.  Under new policies, parents’ names will be blacked out on request copies unless the deceased applicant would have been at least 100 years old, or if the researcher includes proof that the applicant’s parents are deceased upon requesting a copy of the application.

The Social Security Death Index is available in Ancestry Library Edition, a subscription database available for use in-library at all B&ECPL locations.  It is also available for free on the Internet at RootsWeb.

To read more about the new policy, click here.

To see a blank Social Security Application form, click here.

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