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Where to find Social Security Numbers
Date: 7/29/2012, 10:44 am
Apologies if this is not the correct forum for this.
I am asking for your thoughts, suggestions, ideas as to where I might find my grandfathers social security number so I can request his application and find out the names of his parent(s). My father and his siblings did not know the names of their grandparents. My father said they “were dead when I was born” which was 1920. All the info I have confirmed for my grandfather is his WW1 draft card, the 1920 census, 1940 census and his death certificate, funeral program and newspaper obit. My aunt listed his parents as “don’t know” and there is no indication of a SS number. I thought of voter registration records but they only go back to 1967 for Richland County, SC and he died in 1965. The municipal government was not started until 1976.I know that numbers were officially mandatory as of 1946. He brought his land in 1946 but the deeds do not have a number. He had a car and I have a bad quality picture of him standing in front of a car and the number is legible and the year looks like 1948. He was a farmer and preached at a local church from early 1930s till his death. I have tracked a descendant of the man he worked/farmed but she does not know where the business records are. I have also contacted the church but they have not responded to my letters. So that is where I am at. I can not think of what else a number would have been used for in those days. I have thought about a bank account but no idea which banks existed in the area. I cant imagine he did not have a number but I guess anything is possible. My grandmother did not get her number until 1966 a year after he died.
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