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 had not used it before and partially to try and get a better understanding of what type of individuals tend to be in the “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″ as the description at Ancestry.com really isn’t all that helpful.
The names in the chart that are from my families are the ones who lived in Hancock County, Illinois. I didn’t think they were the best random sampling of names as they all were self-employed farmers (with the exception of my mother whose death is too recent to even have her be included). I was surprised that my great-grandfather Charlie Neill (1875-1948) was in the database as I really wasn’t expecting him to have a number.
My in-laws (those with locations outside Hancock County) were a little more occupationally diverse, but I made no grand discoveries other than Eva Fleugel’s entry in the “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″ did not list her mother’s maiden name (the failure to include it was not a surprise).
Consider looking for your own immediate ancestors in this database even if you haven’t already.
|Last Name||First Name||Born||Died||Primary area of residence||job||SSDI||SSA and Claims|
|Neill||Constance||1941||2015||Hancock County, Illinois
|Teacher||No—too recent||No—too recent|
|Neill||Cecil||1903||1968||Hancock County, Illinois
|Neill||Ida||1910||1994||Hancock County, Illinois
|Ufkes||John||1917||2003||Hancock County, Illinois
|Ufkes||Dorothy||1924||2008||Hancock County, Illinois
|Johnson||Wilbur||1912||1991||Rock Island County, Illinois
|Johnson||Grace||1913||2000||Rock Island County, Illinois
|Housewife and seamstress||Yes||yes|
|Lake||Ola||1906||1969||Linn County, Missouri and Rock Island County, Illinois
|Coal miner & janitor||yes||no|
|Lake||Anna||1913||1987||Linn County, Missouri and Rock Island County, Illinois
|Neill||Charles||1875||1948||Hancock County, Illinois
|Neill||Fannie||1883||1965||Hancock County, Illinois
|Trautvetter||George||1869||1935||Hancock and Adams Counties, Illinois
|Farmer||Too early||Too early|
|Miller||Ida||1874||1939||Hancock and Adams Counties, Illinois
|Farm wife||No—probably too early||No-probably too early|
|Ufkes||Frederich||1893||1960||Hancock County, Illinois
|Ufkes||Tena||1895||1986||Hancock County, Illinois
|Habben||Mimka||1881||1969||Hancock County, Illinois
|Habben||Tjode||1882||1964||Hancock County, Illinois
|Johnson||Walter||1890||1941||Knox and Rock Island Counties
|Fluegel||Eva||1894||1970||Hancock and Adams Counties, Illinois
|Mortier||Henry||1885||1996||Rock Island County, Illinois
|Farmer and city bus driver||Yes||No|
|Mortier||Caroline||1884||1981||Rock Island County, Illinois
|Lake||Granville||1864||1946||Linn County, Missouri
|Lake||Clara||1867||1921||No-too early||No-too early|
|Apgar Frame||William||1888?||Unknown||Cook County, Illinois-maybe others
|No||No—but further searches need to be done|
|Williams||Mary Marie||1895||22 Novembe 1961||Cook County, Illinois||No||no|