Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Restriction on Social Security Records

As of November 1, 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that requested Death Master File data will no longer contain protected state death records. Posted on genealogist Megan Smolenyak's Roots World blog, the SSA will block out parents' names on the requested form if the Social Security applicant was born less than 100 years ago and if one does not provide proof that the parents are deceased.  Thus, it is possible only to obtain parents' records for those applicants born prior to 1912. Death certificates may have to be sought from some far-ranging locations in some cases.  Some of the 40% of Americans of Ellis Island heritage will be negatively affected in terms of learning the names of parents of immigrants in order to extend their research overseas. This information is an alert for anyone preparing to spend $27 to obtain such records.

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