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Social Security Index Search

  • Search the Social Security Death Index online for FREE!>

    How do I Order a Social Security Application?

    Work through the State that issued it, if you know it. Social Security Online

    Request "A photocopy of the Social Security Application of________".
    Provide full name, date of birth and State
    Send a check. Fee is $7.00- if you provide Social Security Number.
    Fee is $16.00- if you can't provide the number. (Search the SS Index and you may find the number).

    Attention:  Freedom of Information Officer
    4-H-8 Annex Bldg.
    6401 Security Blvd.
    Baltimore, MD 21235

    Railroad Pension

    Railroad Retirement Act of 1936. To obtain copies of those records the person must be directly related.

    To help process your request send as much information as possible including the following:

    1.   The Employee's full name, including middle initial.
    2.   The month and year of birth.
    3.   The year last worked in the rail industry.
    4.   The year of death.
    5.   The railroad worked for.
        Address all requests to:
    U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
    Division of Public Affairs
    844 Rush Street,
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Surname Data Banks

  • Gendex--index of surnames
  • Georgia Surnames in the Roots Surname List

  • Cyndi's Surnames

  • Genealogy Gateways Go to Gateway #13 for Surnames

  • Surname Distribution in USA Just for fun to see where your surname in now located!

  • Search all the messages posted on the USGenWeb by Surname. Go to bottom of page for search. The index is free!

    RootsWeb Review, 8 January 2003, Vol. 6, No. 2
    1. News and Notes:
    at the top of any RootsWeb page or go to:
    You can search all of the message boards, only a particular category, or
    only one specific board by selecting the appropriate button, but it
    depends upon your location within the Message Board hierarchy. As your
    teachers use to tell you: Pay attention!
    To perform a simple search, type in a surname (last name), a keyword, or
    a phrase, and click GO!
    In all searches, keywords or phrases will be searched for the closest to
    the least exact match--in that order. For a more specific search click
    on the ADVANCED SEARCH link. A search of all boards is the default.
    Complete any or all of the items on the ADVANCED SEARCH form:
    --FIND MESSAGES CONTAINING: (list a keyword or phrase)
    --WITH SUBJECT CONTAINING: (searches only message subjects)
    --BY AUTHOR: (the posters' names will be searched)
    --POSTED IN THE LAST ____: (select a time period from drop-down menu)
    --WITH SURNAME: (searches only the Surname Box entries) also offers a
      check box to use a Soundex search. (For information about Soundex, a
      special index, see:
    --WITH MESSAGE TYPE: (Select from the drop-down menu: All, Query, Bible,
      Biography, Birth, Cemetery, Census, Death, Deed, Immigration, Lookup,
      Marriage, Military, Obituary, Pension, or Will).
    Searches on the Message Boards support wildcards represented by an
    asterisk * or question mark ? following a minimum of the first three
    letters of the keyword (search term) or surname. You cannot begin a
    search request surname/keyword with an asterisk or question mark
    (wildcard) -- you can only use a wildcard after you have started with at
    least three letters prior to the asterisk or question mark. An asterisk
    is used to denote anywhere from zero to five missing or unknown
    characters while the question mark is used only when you are looking for
    exactly one unknown character.
    For example: a search for joh* will find John, Johns, or Johnson.
    However, a search for johns?n will find Johnson or Johnsen but will not
    find Johnston (because there is more than one missing or unknown
    letters). Searching for johns*n will, however, locate Johnston in
    addition to Johnson and Johnsen.
    You can show more than one question mark to represent more than one
    missing letter, with each question mark shown representing an additional
    missing letter. For instance: rob??son  will pick up Robinson or
    Roberson but not Robertson. Searching for rob?son will only pick up
    Robeson or RObison, while a search for rob*son will find Robeson,
    Robson, Robinson, Roberson, as well as Robertson. You can extend your
    wildcard searches to include more than five missing or unknown letters
    by using a double asterisk **.
    Search operators you may use are: the plus (+) sign which may be placed
    in front of any word to indicate that this word MUST appear in a message
    for it to be considered a match, and the minus sign (-) which may be
    placed in front of any term you wish to exclude from a search. Do not
    include a space between the plus or minus sign and the word or name to
    which it applies. A search for '+jones john -paul' will return only
    those hits that contain the word 'jones' -- provided the word 'paul'
    does not also appear in the message. The word "john" may or may not
    appear in the message. Messages that include both 'john' and 'jones'
    would rank higher in degree of match (relevancy) than those that only
    include 'jones'.
    If you search and get no matches, enter less information or search only
    by a surname or a keyword. Regardless of the case (upper or lower) found
    in the actual posts on the message boards, if you will type using all
    lowercase letters in the search box it will make your search case
    insensitive, and therefore yield the maximum number of matches.
    Too many matches? Enter additional data on the ADVANCED SEARCH page to
    narrow down your results. If the surname for which you are looking is
    also a common word (such as HILL) use the ADVANCED SEARCH link and
    search on the surname by typing it into the SURNAME BOX. This enables
    you to search only message board posts in which this "word" is used as a
    surname. Searching only on the surname field eliminates authors' names
    from coming up in your search results.

    If you find dead links, please let me know: Virginia Crilley.

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