SSA Form SS-5 Leads

It was very exciting when I received the Form SS-5 copies of the social security applications for Vincent Szubinski and Peter Anthony Smasz.

For Peter (1), the form supplied a middle name that I had never found before. The names of his parents were the same as recorded previously except for his mother’s last name. Sophia Wojcik was listed in the Form SS-5, while Sophia Blizniak was listed in Peter’s death certificate. Since the Form SS-5 was completed 30 years earlier and by Peter instead of by another person, as in the death certificate, I set Wojcik as the preferred name in FTM.

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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.

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