Re: SS5 Question for Immigrants #poland #usa

Danielle Weiner


Are you certain that you had to be a naturalized citizen to receive a SS#?  My father received his SS# in 1936.  It states he was born in St. Louis, MO but he was actually born in Vilna in 1908 - I found his birth record after researching a Vilna birth index.  I have other paperwork (like marriage licenses and Armed Services documents) where he claimed to have been born in St. Louis.  I imagine many immigrants made such claims for various reasons at some point after spending some time in this country.  I have never been able to find any evidence of naturalization or petition for naturalization for him in public records, so I believe he might very well have received a SS# without proof of citizenship.  I doubt seriously that he had a birth certificate either, having come to this country in 1922 at the age of 13 with his grandparents.  I am not so sure proof of naturalization/citizenship was required in the early days of Social Security administration.

Danielle Weiner
Dallas, TX

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