1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 18, 2021 10:46 AM by Zachary Dabbs

    Seeking Social Security benefits paid to ancestor & daughter

    Arlene McCarthy Newbie

      Will social security records reveal whether my ancestor or her daughter received benefits from the account of her daughter's alleged father?

        • Re: Seeking Social Security benefits paid to ancestor & daughter
          Zachary Dabbs Scout

          Dear Ms. McCarthy,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          In certain circumstances, such as if your ancestor was married to the man in question or the daughter was under the age of 18 at the time of his death, they may have been eligible for survivor’s benefits under the Social Security program. We suggest you consult the “Spouses, Children, Survivors” portion of the Social Security Administration website and the agency’s publication Survivor’s Benefits for more detailed information. You also may wish to contact the agency via email through their Comments and Questions webpage.


          Regarding the Social Security Administration’s records, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT), 1936 - 2007 in the Records of the Social Security Administration (Record Group 47) that may include information regarding claims for survivor’s benefits submitted by your ancestor and her daughter. Certain electronic records in this series may be searched online via the Access to Archival Databases system. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records (RDE) at cer@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDE. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          In addition, the U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 on Ancestry.com may include information regarding claims for survivor’s benefits submitted by your ancestor and her daughter as well. There may be a fee for using this service. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.


          Lastly, we suggest that you review the FamilySearch wiki United States Social Security Administration Records for information regarding the genealogical information that may be available in the Social Security Administration’s records. Please refer to the Social Security Administration (SSA) Reading Room and FOIA Request Methods and Fees for information regarding the process and fees for requesting copies of SSA’s records as well.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!