Social Security Applications and Claims Index

Two Berthas With No Socials in the SSA Applications and Claims Index

A genealogist is usually sufficiently happy to find someone in a database once. Census records are one record type where one regularly encounters individuals listed twice. I wasn’t expecting to find someone twice in the “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″. But I did. There are two apparent entries in this database for Bertha Ensminger Clark. It’s clear […]

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

There have been rumors that the “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″ at Ancestry.com is a database “in progress.” An Ancestry.com 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 […]

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

There is really only one guy I’d like to find in the “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″ database at Ancestry.com: 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 […]

Place of Birth Truncations in “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″

Place names in the “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″ at Ancestry.com  have been truncated in a variety of ways. Some of these truncated places may come up correctly using the drop down list of locations at Ancestry.com.  Others may not. Searches of the  “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″  at Ancestry.com using the location field should […]

My Children’s Ancestors in the Social Security Applications and Claims Index

Readers know that I’m not a big fan of “activities” just for the sake of having an activity. I decided to search the  “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″  and the “Social Security Death Index” at Ancestry.com for my children’s deceased ancestors through their great-great-grandparents. This was done partially because the index was new and I […]

Considering the Accuracy of SSA Information

It is easy to get excited about a new database when it contains over 40 million names of deceased individuals as the “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″ recently released on Ancestry.com does. But when the new wears off (or maybe before the new wears off) it’s time to give some thought to analyzing the information it […]

Social Security Applications and Claims Index

Ancestry.com has recently added “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″ to their list of searchable databases. The description of the database includes the phrase: “It includes information filed with the Social Security Administration through the application or claims process…” I’m not entirely certain what that means. The information on the individuals in the database […]