Thank you to #NGS2015GEN for the Home Study Course Scholarship

Helping people tell their stories has always been a passion of mine. I’ve been doing this for years as a career advisor to alumni from the University of Illinois. But, those stories focused on the world of work and my clients’ professional lives.

I’m intrigued by the research questions that arise within family history and wish to dive into these questions more deeply. The John T. Humphrey Scholarship will help me achieve these goals. The American Genealogical Studies courses would firm-up the foundation of the education that I have already built, fill in gaps, and provide the recommended structure for citing and reporting on the information I collect.

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Social Security Requests

I took a risk and opted to request the extracts instead of the full photocopies of the SS-5 application.  The responses contained enough information to verify death date, residence at time of death, birth date, and birth location, but parent’s names were not included.

Since I was looking for information on my two maternal great grandfathers, the extract isn’t enough information. I wanted to see if the parents are listed. I also want to confirm that only Poland was listed as the birth place. So, I will be submitting additional requests.

For information on requesting information from the SSA, visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/foia/index.html

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