SSDI database #general

Judith Elam

Reply to

Subject: (USA) Genealogists Not Invited To Testify on SSDI at House Ways and
Means Subcommittee Hearing
From: "Jan Meisels Allen" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:10:47 -0800

Why is it so important to include the actual SS# with the record? I have
always wondered why Ancestry and Family Search were including them in the
first place. The issue of identity theft is valid, having once worked in a
business where this was rampant. Maybe I am missing something here, but the
SS# has not been of any use to me whatsoever, as a genealogist.

Can they simply continue to update the database and just exclude the SS#, or
just put the last 4 digits?

Judith Elam
Kihei, HI

Thomas Lerman

Personally, I find it useful for several reasons including:
1) One can get a clue of where and about when the social security number
was issued based upon the number.

2) I have found other records based upon the social security number.

3) I usually try to refer to my research as family history rather than
genealogy as I try to gather every little scrap of clue that I can instead
of just names, dates, and places.

You are right about identity theft being rampant. However, the studies that
I have seen is that only an extremely small portion of them occurs
from the SSN being used >from death records. This is small since it is so
easy to determine whether the SSN is valid and personal is living.
I believe this is the reason the SSDI was originally made available. If the
studies are true, then the companies that take the SSN as valid are not
doing their full due diligence in my opinion.

Thomas Lerman
Western USA

Judith Elam <> wrote:
Why is it so important to include the actual SS# with the record?

Paul Silverstone

The Social Security records are a great help. I obtained the
application form of my grandfather's brother and found he had included
his mother's maiden name. This is the only place I have found this
information. My grandfather himself died long before Social Security
came into effect.

Paul Silverstone

On 1/28/2012 1:04 PM, Thomas Lerman wrote:
Personally, I find it useful for several reasons