United States

Social Security Administration Numerical Identification System, 1936-2007

NARA Record Group 47

U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 on Ancestry and NARA

To obtain copy of actual record, go to SSA's Freedom of Information Public Access Link

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At the top navigation bar, choose Submit Request and scroll down.

Action Office:  DEBS

Request Type: Decedent SS-5

Requester Category: Other

Delivery Mode: Email

Payment Mode: Credit Card

Enter information in fields for Name(s), Date of Birth, Date of Death, SSN, Gender, Mother's Maiden Name and Married Name, and Father's Name.

Provide your home address.  (put your street address twice)

Description:  SSA-5 for (Name of Decedent)

If decedent was born more than 120 years ago, no additional information is needed.

If decedent was born between 100 and 120 years ago, attach death certificate.

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Click Submit at the bottom of the page

Click Credit Card and enter Credit Card information.


Click on Request Status to make sure it was submitted.  You should receive email as well.

U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 on Ancestry and NARA

Social Security Death Index (SSDI), 1935-2014: Index on Ancestry, NARA, FamilySearch

SteveMorse Social Security Death Record Tool

Source material:

Social Security Card Applications by Debbie Kroopkin, Morasha (JGSI), Vol 39, Num 1. Spring, 2022.

Social Security Administration's FOIA home page

Social Security Administration Records Guides

  1. United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925 (Ancestry.com).
  2. United States Consular Posts Emergency Passport Applications, 1915-1926 (Ancestry and Jewishgen)
  3. Passport Master Index, 1906-1959 (NARA).
This indexes passport applications, Consular registrations of Americans living abroad, births of Americans abroad and registered with the Consulate, and several other types of records related to an individual's interaction with the Dept. of State - including refused passport applications, or additional information for completed passport applications, including documents about overcoming a presumption of expatriation.
  1. Passport Correspondence Files, 1910-1925 (NARA).
  2. Passport and Citizenship Correspondence Files, 1906-1925 (NARA).
  3. United States Department of State Passport Applications, 1925-current (Dept of State)
  4. Applications for Extension or Amendment, 1918-1925 (NARA).

US State Department Files


Many include documents of births, marriages and deaths of US citizens abroad; settlement of the foreign estates of US citizens who died abroad; lists and correspondence ofUS citizens temporarily or permanently residing abroad.  Names of people who were not US citizens were often mentioned and are included in this database.



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Philadelphia Bank Immigrant Passage Records, 1890-1949:

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Registers of Detained Immigrants, 1904 - 1912:  

Send an inquiry to the National Archives in Philadelphia. philadelphia.archives@nara.gov   Ask if they can check the Registers of Detained Immigrants, 1904 - 1912, for that ship arrival (provide the ship name and date) for any reference to your immigrant (provide the name).   What you are asking them to check is identified in the NARA catalog with the NAID number 567230.  Be sure to provide that NAID number.  If he was detained at all he should be listed in the register, along with additional information as to why he was held and what happened after that. (Source: Marian Smith 9/12/22)