Month: July 2015

Update (of Sorts): Social Security Applications and Claims Index

There have been rumors that the “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″ at is a database “in progress.” An source “in the know” indicated that this is not the case. The only potential updates I can see being made are additional names being entered that are for individuals who die after 2007 as time moves forward. I was also […]


Was There Really a Johann to Take?

A recent posting about Johann Michael Trautvetter, 18th century resident of Wildprechtrode, Thuringen, Germany, referred to him as Johann in the title. Not Johann Michael, not Michael, but Johann. I used “Johann” in the title of the post without really giving it much thought, I was trying to make the title short and really was not aware […]

The One Guy I Really Want to Find in the SSA Files at

There is really only one guy I’d like to find in the “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″ database at William Frame Apgar. A few readers privately ask “how hard is it to search for someone in this database?”It’s easier when you “know everything” about a person and have quiet a few details about their […]

Surrendered Bounty Land Warrant For Revolutionary War Veteran Elam Blain

[reposted from 2012] This is only part of a scan of the original bounty land warrant issued to Catherine Blain based upon the Revolutionary War service of her husband, Elam Blain. This is the first time I have received high-quality TIFF scans of  the documents instead of photocopies. Now I know that the photocopies do not […]

Three John Michaels In One Record-And A New Ancestor for Me!

There are several lessons in this document. It is the 1796 baptism for Johann Michael Trautvetter at the Lutheran Church in Bad Salzungen, Thuringen, Germany. In summary, the entry indicates that John Michael was the son of  Johann Erasmus Trautvetter, a farmer living in Wildprechtrode and his wife Anna Catharina Gross. The child was born at […]