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 be conducted as broad searches, particularly for people born in rural locations that may have been written in very non-standard form.
It is very likely that the truncation of these place names was performed by the Social Security Administration at some point in the data entry or data manipulation process.
This study is anecdotal and additional comments are welcomed in response to this post. The image used in this post came from search results for the last name of “Rampley” where “Illinois” was also keyword.
The “Birth Place” appears to have been truncated to a length of less than twenty-five characters. Some of the places of birth on the original record may not have included the name of the county. Some of these places of birth, when rural, included the word “near” as a part of the place of birth.