Monday, February 7, 2011

It Takes A Thief - To Solve a Birth Record Mystery - Part 3

 If you are coming into this series on my grandparents' efforts to provide proof of their age for Social Security and my efforts to locate an original birth record, you might like to catch up by reading Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Sometime in 1963, or later (Thank you Susan in Wi for spotting the date when I could not!) On 19 October 1965, Richard received an undated letter from the Social Security Administration requesting proof of his date of birth in connection with his application for Hospital Insurance Benefits. (See Exhibit 3 below.)
  • Here's the good part. They included acceptable proofs and not just for proof of age, which is what Richard needed to provide. (See Exhibit 4 below.) This document includes a list of proof of marriage, death, burial expenses, court appointment of legal representative, dependency, military service after September 7, 1939, and proof of earnings. These might be helpful to you in solving other genealogical problems.
  • In Part 2, one of my readers, who wishes to remain Anonymous, supplied a link to the a Social Security Number Chronology.  You might find this helpful. Thank you Anonymous!

 Stay tuned...

Exhibit 3 - Letter from Social Security

Exhibit 4 - Instructions on Required Proofs (from Social Security Administration) - 2 pages

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© 2011, copyright Michelle Goodrum


  1. Michelle,

    Right under the SSA District Office address and above the telephone number is a date. Could that be the date of the letter?

  2. Thank you Susan!! I can't tell you how long I looked at that letter trying to see a date. If it were a snake, it would have bit me!