Taking Back What Was Once Lost

Working Women: Social Security

Have you been sure to check for social security applications for all the women in your family? I have been surprised at the number of women I have been able to find who had SSNs. And look at the wonderful little tidbits of information provided. In the one below for “Cora Holt” , the “OK” in parenthesis meant that her mother lived in Oklahoma.

And the one below is just like my great-grandmother Beatrice: ever the detailed one. Look at all the extra data on this document.

One more for Grace Howard:

Have you found many SS5 cards for women in your trees?


  1. August 27, 2011    

    I can barely find SS5 cards for the men much less the women. That being said I’ve anxiously awaiting the card from one female in the family. She’s not a direct line ancestor but she’s supposed to be my great grandmother’s baby sister. Other than her daughter stating that, I’ve no proof, so hoping that this solves the mystery.

  2. Liv's Gravatar Liv
    September 5, 2011    

    Excellent post!

    You asked – “Have you guys found many SS5 cards for women in your trees?”

    Yes indeed! Actually during my beginning stages with family research, a few of the early “how-to” books that I referred to often recommended ordering Form SS-5s. I probably ordered more for male ancestors than female ones. But I learned a lot about the females in my family when I did indeed! I discovered that I had an aunt and uncle that migrated from Texas to live and work in Harlem & Brooklyn, NY during the late 1930s until their deaths. My aunt worked at the Jeannette Hat Shop that was once located on Madison Ave in New York City. I don’t believe I would have ever learned those key facts about her if it had not been for me adding Form SS-5s in my research.

    I haven’t ordered an SS-5 in quite some time because they went from $7 each back in the early 1990s to $10 and more in 2002. Were the copies you have featured here affordable? Let me know your thoughts; again, great post!

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I blog, teach, write and lecture about family history research and it's just as rewarding today as it was when I began 18 years ago. This lifelong quest has helped me to better know my past and I've taken back--reclaimed- my kin and some of that lost memory.  

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Locations and Surnames

Hardin, Chester and Lawrence Counties, TN
Holt, Barnes, Harbour, Bradley Springer and Fendricks
Lawrence County, AL
Springer and Fendricks
Montgomery County, MD
Prather, Simpson
Somerset County, MD
Waters, Fountain, Curtis
Duval and Madison County, FL
Smith, Harris, Garner

Favorite Family History Quotes

"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
-William Faulkner

"Call it a clan, call it a network, all it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one"
- Jane Howard

"Friends are God's apologies for relations."
-Hugh Kingsmill

"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
-Elbert Hubbard

"Families are like fudge; mostly sweet with a few nuts."

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you might as well make it dance!"

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city;)"
-George Burns

"Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been found."
-Winston Churchill

"The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never ever introduce yourself to had life not done it for you."
-Kendall Hailey

"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all the generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
-Thich Nhat Hanh