Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Social Security Applications (SS-5) Database

Among the resources at I Dream of Genealogy is the Social Security Applications (SS-5) Database—a collection of digitized and abstracted forms submitted by volunteers. SS-5 requests now cost more than a tank of gas, so we should thank these contributors for sharing the wealth and preventing the duplication of effort and expense. The SS-5 may hold the only recorded birthdate for some individuals, or the key to determining a birthplace, a maiden name, or parentage. The database is small compared to the source material, but is growing regularly.