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His name is Juan Pedro Molina Gonzalez. Very, very sick. Be sure to include the person's Social Security number, full name including maiden name and name at death , sex, date and place of birth, date of death, and parents' names. First, let me explain. A call or email threatens consequences, such as arrest, loss of benefits or suspension of your Social Security number, if you do not provide a payment or personal information.
Do you have a railroad worker in your family tree? Up until , railroad employees were assigned Social Security numbers in a series from Since , an SSA program has enabled parents to automatically obtain a Social Security number for a newborn infant when the birth is registered with the state, a sure indicator of place of birth.
The first three digits of a Social Security number, known as the area number, are assigned by geographical region. Visit the SSA's web site for a list of area numbers and corresponding states. Prior to , cards were issued in local Social Security offices around the country, and the area number represented the state in which the card was issued.
Since , when the SSA began assigning numbers and issuing cards centrally from Baltimore, the area number is assigned based on the zip code in the mailing address provided on the application for the original Social Security card. A word of warning: the applicant's mailing address may not be the same as his or her place of residence. Therefore, the area number does not necessarily represent the applicant's state of residence either prior to , or since.
The area numbering scheme was developed in , before computers, to make it easier for the SSA to store the applications in Baltimore files that were organized by regions and alphabetically. Originally, it was intended for SSA internal use and convenience, and was not intended for anything more.
However, it's a good clue for the family sleuth! Since , the SSA has used an electronic system, or computer, to maintain records of approximately 60 million deaths that have been reported to them.
This database is in tape format, which is not searchable by the public. However, the U. Department of Commerce does sell these reels of magnetic tape to genealogical services that reformat the information on their own searchable computer databases or publish it on cd-roms.
These include Social Security number, last name and first name, date of death and date of birth, zip code of last residence, and zip code of lump sum payment recipient. As with any electronic data, problems exist in the original database, and these errors flow through to all versions of the Social Security Death Index.
For example, the SSA database allows only twelve letters for last name and nine letters for first name, with all other letters being truncated, or left off. Also, data entry errors do occur. If you can't find someone by first and last name and birth date, try searching by first name only and as much other information as you can to narrow the search. Be sure to visit Kathleen Hinckley's Family Detective web site.
In addition to data entry errors, be aware that the death date may contain month and year only, especially before Another issue is that the zip code information may lead you in the wrong direction. Zip codes were not used until , and the location assigned to a zip code is based on U.
Postal Service assignment of localities to a given zip code. This may not be the town where the person actually lived, nor where final benefits were sent. For example, a zip code of results in two Missouri town names-Chesterfield, and Town and Country. Do not be fooled into thinking the zip code or locality of last residence is where the person died.
They may have last resided in Patterson, Missouri, but actually died in a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In that case, you would never find a death certificate in Missouri. Having told you all the pitfalls to watch out for, I will say that you can still find many valuable clues in the SSDI. Let's start with who is not in the SSDI. Everyone who received a Social Security number or paid withholding tax is not in the database. My grandmother, who paid withholding taxes most of her life, looked forward to collecting benefits upon retirement at age 60 in Her death was not reported to the Social Security Administration by anyone.
Everyone who received Social Security benefits is not in the database.
A young man died in , leaving a pregnant wife. The child received Social Security benefits based on her father's benefits until she was eighteen years old. Yet no record of her father exists in the SSDI. Because his death was not reported to the Social Security Administration. He was 26 years old when he died, so there was no reason to notify the SSA.
A survivor may have requested death benefits from the SSA. A family member may have notified the SSA to stop benefits to the deceased.