Social Security Application

Did you know that you can order a copy of your ancestor’s application they filled out when they applied for a social security number?

I just got one in the mail today for a man who was born in 1892. He immigrated from Turkey and later applied for a social security number in 1936. His application listed both of his parents including his mother’s maiden name. Not only that, but it listed the town in Turkey he was born in! I love it when immigration research works out.

To get a copy the applicant has to be more than 100 years old. If your ancestor meets all of the requirements, and you are looking for information on their parents or their birth, it is worth looking into. You can order the record from the Social Security website at