JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Social Security Numbers Structure #general
Nardo Bonomi asked if it is possible to find the descendants of a person
beginning >from his SSN. And David Simon Bendory mentioned the serialization
component in the assignment of SSN. I did a Google search for "Structure of
Social Security Numbers" to find the link to the page I had saved about
this subject. I got lots of hits - many related to privacy issues and to
The basics: The Social Security Number (SSN) was established by the Social
Security Act of 1935. It consists of nine digits in three fields,
The first three-digit field is the "area number". The area numbers are
assigned to geographical locations.
The two-digit central field is the "group number". The group number is
related to the order in which the numbers are issued for a particular area.
The last four-digit field represents the "serial number". Serial numbers
are assigned within each area and group number, in a chronological order,
as the applications are processed.
Some of the links where this is further explained (some include the tables
for the area numbers):
Hope this helps,
Buenos Aires, Argentina
GLIKSON, GLICKSON, GLUCKSOHN, GLUECKSOHN: Marijampole, Suwalki, Augustow,
Sejny,Sopotkin,Koenigsberg. POKROISKY, POKROJSKI, POKROY: Suwalki,Seirijai.
ALPEROVICH, ALPEROWICZ: Kremenchug, Vilnius. HOLLANDERSKY, HOLLENDERSKI,
HOLLANDER: Suwalki, Seirijai, Lomza. TARNOPOLSKY, TARNOPOL: Kremenchug,
Kharkov. FELCHINSKY: Kremenchug, Vilnius, Felschtin?. KARP: Grodno.
SMELIENSKY(?),KRASNAPOLSKY(?), BLUMIGDAL (?), GOLUMBIEWSKY, GOLOMB(?)