Social Security Death Index Part 3

November 27th, 2006
Categories: Documents, Documents

When using the Social Security Death Index and viewing the field “last residence” try to remember that this is the address of record. It does not mean that this is the place of death. A perfect example is an elderly couple who had a summer home in the Northeast and a winter home in the south. The husband had passed on while residing in Florida but in the search results of the Social Security Death Index last residence is listed as a northern state. Many people have two official addresses especially if summer and winter home is involved. Another thought to keep in mind when using the Social Security Death Index is that the zip codes shown are those that… [more]

Social Security Death Index Part 2

November 27th, 2006
Categories: Documents, Documents

When searching the Social Security Death Index you can search b y date of birth and date of death as well as where a person lived and applied for their social security number. This is often times where the office that issued the Social Security number was located. You can also search using the residence at time of death which is the address of record but not necessarily where they lived or died and finally where the burial allowance or death benefit was sent. According to the Social Security Administration a Social Security Number is composed of three parts totally nine digits. The first three digits is called the area number, the second set of two digits is called the group… [more]

Social Security Death Index Part 1

November 24th, 2006
Categories: Documents, Documents

President Franklin Roosevelt said in a radio address on the third anniversary of the social security act on August 14, 1938 “"Long before the economic blight of the depression descended on the Nation, millions of our people were living in wastelands of want and fear. Men and women too old and infirm to work either depended on those who had but little to share, or spent their remaining years within the walls of a poorhouse. The Social Security Act offers to all our citizens a workable and working method of meeting urgent present needs and of forestalling future need”. Some of you may or may not realize this but the first Social Security card was issued December 1, 1936 and on January 1, 1937… [more]

Obtaining A Copy of Your Relinquishment Papers

November 15th, 2006
Categories: Documents

The natural mothers reading may be wondering how they can obtain a copy of their relinquishment papers. One place that these papers can be obtained through is the attorney who handled the adoption or the state. To be more specific the county were the adoption took place. Both of these resources should also have a copy o f the adoption petition and will more than likely all be a part of the sealed adoption file. If you are the natural mother requesting a copy of your relinquishment papers there is no reason that you can’t have them. You might be told that they can’t be located or whatever other excuse but they are yours and you have a right to obtain a… [more]

Natural Parent Authorization in OH

November 6th, 2006
Categories: Documents

In OH a natural parent or sibling can file an authorization form that gives permission for their identify to be released to the adoptee. if the adoption was finalized between January 1, 1964 – September 18, 1996 the form can be completed at any time. For adoptions after September 18, 1996 the natural parent can sign the disclosure statement when relinquishing the child to adoption. In order to file an authorization form, you need to obtain a copy of the appropriate form. There is one for natural parents and a separate one for siblings. Both of these forms can be obtained by visiting http://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/legalinfo/adoptfnl.aspx In addition, one natural parent can not authorize the release of identifying information for the other… [more]

Searching in OH

November 6th, 2006
Categories: Documents, Documents

If you were born in OH you may be able to access copies of certain documents in your adoption file. To be specific, section 3107.38 of the Ohio Revised Code provides that an adopted person whose birth occurred in OH and whose adoption was finalized prior to January 1, 1964 may request in writing to receive copies of the contents of an adoption file. In order to request these documents you must complete a form called “affidavit for adopted person”. This form can be obtained at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/legalinfo/adoptpri.aspx In addition, two forms of identification and a $20 fee that became effective October 25, 1996 is required to be attached to the request. This fee should be made payable to Treasury, State… [more]

Filing Contact Preference in New Hampshire

November 1st, 2006
Categories: Documents

New Hampshire state laws provides a provision that provides natural parents an opportunity to file a form with Vital Records stating their preference about personal contact with the child they relinquished to adoption. When received by the state, this form is placed in the adoptee’s sealed record and provided to the adoptee when the records are requested and released. If a natural parent wants contact he or she should complete a “contact preference form” and mail it to the NH Division of Vital Records. The address is on the form and the form can be obtained by clicking on the link at the bottom to the page a the following link: http://www.sos.nh.gov/vitalrecords/Preadoption%20birth%20records.html If a natural parent does not want contact an “updated… [more]

Social Security Numbers Part 2

July 26th, 2006
Categories: Documents, Documents

The group number is not related to geography. It is the order in which social security numbers are issued for a particular area. Before 1965 half the group numbers were used. Odd numbers were used below 10 and even numbers were used above 9. After 1965 the group number assignments changed so they continued with the low even numbers and high odd numbers. Group numbers for each are assigned in the following order: Odd numbers, 01 to 09 Even numbers, 10 to 98 Even numbers, 02 to 08 Odd numbers, 11 to 99 All possible numbers are assigned with each group number before using the next group number. The group numbers can be used to find a chronological ordering of social security… [more]

Social Security Numebrs Part 1

July 26th, 2006
Categories: Documents, Documents

A social security number consists of nine digits separated by a hyphen. The first three digit field is called the area number. The middle two numbers is called the group number and the final four numbers are called the serial number. The area numbers (the first three digits of a social security number) are assigned to geographical locations. They were originally assigned the same way that zip codes were later assigned. The area numbers increase from east to west across the United States like zip codes do. The area numbers are assigned according to state boundries with the exception of railroad workers whose area numbers are 700-729 regardless of location. The railroad workers series of numbers was discontinued… [more]

NY Birth Index

June 1st, 2006

These instructions can help adoptees find their birth name, using their amended birth certificate -- but only if the adoptee is born within the five boroughs of New York City. 1. On your amended birth certificate, find the number in the upper right hand corner. It should look something like this: 146-67-105231 2. Take the third group of numbers -- in the sample number, 105231. Remove the first number from this group. The number you now have is 05231. This is the number that corresponds with your original birth record in the Birth Index for the City of New York. 3. Go to the New York Public Library main branch to the third floor and ask for the genealogy room. Register at the desk and request the Birth Index for the City… [more]