|Social Security Sleuthing|
Social Security Sleuthing
An on-line article by Pamela Boyer Porter, CGRS
Social Security Administration
The Web site of the Social Security Administration provides copious amounts of information about Social Securitys history and benefits, including an on-line SSA manual.
National Archives and Records Administration
NARAs web site contains some useful information about Social Security records for the genealogist or historian.
Railroad Retirement Board
Visit RRBs site to learn the history of railroad retirement and how it is affected by Social Security.
This web page provides a frequently updated compilation of Social Security death master file data entry errors.
Social Security Death Index
The following Internet sites offer free on-line searches of the SSDI:
Family Tree Maker
Kindred Konnections Family History Research Center
Allen, Desmond Walls and Carolyn E. Billingsley. Social Security Applications: A Genealogical Resource. Conway, Arkansas: Research Associates, 1995.
Family History SourceGuide U.S. Social Security Death Index. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1990. Available online at <http://www.familysearch.org/sg> or at Family History Centers.
Gehring, Jake. Social Security Death Master File: A Much Misunderstood Index. Online <http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/article.htm>. Printout dated 11 May 2000.
Hinckley, Kathleen W. Locating Lost Family Members & Friends. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 1999. Chapter 7, Social Security Administration, pages 55-72.
Hinckley, Kathleen W. Skillbuilding: The Social Security Death [Benefits] Index. OnBoard, Newsletter of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, vol. 5, no. 1 (January 1999).
Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, The Source, A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, Inc., 1997. Chapter 18, Tracking Twentieth-Century Ancestors, pages 636-639, by Kathleen W. Hinckley, contains helpful information about Social Security records.
© 1999 Pamela Boyer Porter, CGRS, CGL. Used with Permission.