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Re: Where to find Social Security Numbers
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1951 is the magic year for SS numbers, I thought. If he was a farmer, he may not have ever applied for one. Everybody did not do what the gov't mandated. They were tired of being corralled, counted and taxed. In order to bury a family member you had to pay, the gov't to dig that hole when in they pasted on. Prices were a lot different for colored folks, higher So there was POTTERS FIELD. Before, all you did was -in 48 hours after death-because of body deteriating, allow family and friends to view it in the home, then take it to a church cemetary or spot on the land, have a burial. People just did not have money for all sorts of 'new gov't mandates. Then there is the proving a birth year. No paper work. No proof. No SS Cards Midwifes probably couldn't read or write. They had their own way of remembering. My grandmother never had a card. The govt't forced a estimated time of birth for her to qualify. Wasn't much. My grandfather had a job that gave him a number. My grandmother's number was his. All of the other benefits, seniors had then, wasn't even near what they get now. Family had to take care of them. My ancestors that were born in the late 1880's/90's/ even 1920's and were in the WW1--all did not have SS#'s. They needed a job that treated colored folks like citizens. You may not ever find that one--but I do wish you all the best. We must think of history in the past, as our people had to suffer and live. Laws did not protect EVERYONE, but they wanted everyone's tax money or else.
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