Who Am I? How to search for your birth parents if you’ve been adopted…

Who Am I? How to search for your biological mother / father if you’ve been adopted…

Liz loved her adopted dad and mom in a very special way. However, they weren’t the parents that created her, and she always felt the need to find out who her biological parents were. She had tried for years to find information about her birth parents. Her adoptive parents only knew the name of her mother and where she used to live, many years ago. The adoption agency that her adoptive parents went through was unwilling to provide her with any additional information. She searched and searched the Internet and the name of her mother, but she couldn’t find relevant information anywhere. She started to think that perhaps she’d never find out who her birth parents were. And she had so many questions to ask them.

Liz wanted to look at them in the face and see if she could find a resemblance to herself. She also wanted to know the reasons why she was put up for adoption and she wanted to thank them for giving her the opportunity to have the life that she had led with her beloved adoptive parents. She just couldn’t get over the need to talk to them, to see them, to at least know that they were alive and where they were living.
Anyway, Liz gave up for a while because she was out of resources and out of leads. However, upon another trip to the adoption agency, she found out that there was new staff working there.

Liz wondered if this new setup in the agency would provide her with the information she needed to carry on with her search.
As she asked, the new woman began by shaking her head before Liz even finished her question. Apologetically, the new woman told Liz that she wasn’t authorized to provide any information whatsoever. Then, to Liz’s surprise, the woman leaned closer to her and said: I was adopted too. I can’t give you any information about your birth parents, but I can give you the address of a website that helped me out with online investigations services.
Then, the woman wrote a website down on a sheet of paper (Investigations123.com) and handed it over to Liz.

Back at home, Liz realized that there was a space for a name, to be submitted within Investigations123.com’ search box, at our Homepage.
She thought for a moment about the woman at the adoption agency and she typed in her biological mother’s name. Within seconds, Investigations 123 com provided Liz with a new address and phone number. Liz absolutely could not believe it. All those years she has searched in vain, and then, within seconds, she found out the whereabouts of her biological mother. After coming to terms with this new situation, Liz finally dialed the phone number that had popped up, here at Investigations 123 com.

When the woman’s voice answered, Liz said: Hi. My name is Liz and I am looking for my birth mother. Did you give a baby girl up for adoption, thirty-three years ago?

There was a long pause and the woman on the other line began to sob. Liz simply couldn’t believe that she had finally found her birth mother, after so many years of fruitless searches. Since then, she has gotten to know both her birth mother and half siblings. Her father had passed away some time before that, but Liz was happy to know the rest of her biological family. She could never have found such critical information without Investigations123.com. Check our Homepage and fill in the search box, by clicking here.

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Kate Martin and David Grissom were inseparable through school.  When David moved to the neighborhood in fourth grade, the bus was full of kids that could be kind of harsh.  As children often do, the children on the bus teased David for having braces and glasses.  She felt alone and alienated for an entire week until Kate caught the bus one morning.  Kate asked if she could sit in the seat next to David and instantly, the two were best friends.  They shared lunch, secrets and sleepover from fourth grade until their junior year.  That year, David’s family moved again.  Because her father was in the military, they were lucky to have lived there that long.

At first, Kate and David exchanged letters and phone calls, but as things got busy after graduation and life got hectic, the two lost touch.  David married and had children and Kate entered college, training to become a teacher and ended up marrying and having children.  Although the two of them lost touch, they often thought of each other and wondered how they were doing.  After David’s divorce, she realized that she had been too busy with married life and work to make many real friends and she had no one to talk to or to identify with.  This is when her thoughts continuously went back to Kate.

One day, while browsing the internet, David came across a website that claimed to find addresses and phone numbers simply by entering a name.  David began to wonder if this site could help her find her friend.  She doubted it because she assumed that Kate had married and her last name had changed.  However, just for kicks she decided to type in Kate’s name and old address.  Within seconds, a new address and phone number popped up, along with Kate’s new married name and more.  She was able to find out who Kate had married through her marriage license.

The strangest thing was that Kate only lived 120 miles from David!  With nervous fingers, David called up her old friend.  When she heard that old, familiar voice, David was mentally transported to the past; a time years and years ago when the two of them would laugh and giggle well into the early morning hours.  Kate was absolutely thrilled to speak with her old best friend.  Just like that day on the bus, the two of them instantly became best friends again.  They talked very often on the phone and planned visits.  Their children became quick friends as well.  David soon left her old house with the memories of her husband and marriage and moved within 20 miles of Kate.  It was just like old times!

If it wasn’t for Investigations 123 Search Services, David and Kate may have spent the rest of their lives wondering about each other and not enjoying their old friendship once again.

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How to search for your ancestors in the Social Security Death Index

Starting Your Ancestors Search With The Social Security Death Index

One of the easiest places to begin your search online is by looking for your ancestors in the Social Security Death Index.

The SS Death Index is a database that has the records of deceased persons who were assigned Social Security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the (old) Social Security Administration. The database currently has more than 76 million names.
The SS Death Index works best for finding information about people who died after 1962 and often serves as a stepping-stone to further online investigations.

Close to 98 percent of the names listed in the Social Security Death Index are of people who lived in the United States and died after 1962.

The SS Death Index doesn’t list every deceased American, and it isn’t an index of everyone with a Social Security number. It has records for people who were assigned Social Security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the (old) Social Security Administration.

Here are some important issues to keep in mind when determining which of your ancestors might be in the Social Security Death Index:

  • Not all Americans were covered under the Social Security Act in its earlier days. Railroad workers, teachers, and other municipal employees often were covered by other retirement systems. Therefore, the Social Security Administration did not record their information, and it isn’t likely that they will be included in the SS Death Index.
  • The entries in the index are mainly American; however, some Canadians, Mexicans, and people of other nationalities are included in the database. If an immigrant is in the United States legally, he/she can get a Social Security card.
  • The index has many people who were US citizens, but who weren’t living in the United States at the time of their death. Individuals in this category might include consular employees around the world, employees of US companies or subsidiaries working abroad, or those serving in the armed forces.

Here is an example of the information you might find for an individual:

* Name: John Doe
* SSN: 527-09-5754
* Last Residence: 841 San Anselmo, California, USA
* Born: 26 May 1900
* Died: Feb 1986
* State (Year) SSN issued: San Anselmo (Before 1951)

Now you are ready to start your search in the Social Security Death Index.

If you don’t have a subscription, you can still see an individual’s information (full name; county and state of residence), but you won’t be able to see all the information listed in the Social Security Death Index.

Follow these steps to start searching the Social Security Death Index:

1. Decide which American ancestor you want to look for in the Social Security Death Index. You should choose someone who lived during the past fifty years — for example, a grandparent. If possible, have their birth and death dates available.
2. Access the Social Security Death Index [use our 5-day risk-free trial at Investigations 123 Homepage]
3. Click the “Best Matches (Ranked)” tab.
4. Enter as much information as you can, and click the “Search” button.
5. Browse through the results until you find your ancestor.

Record the information you find and include the Social Security Death Index as the source.

If you didn’t find the person you were looking for, you can use these search tips to help you revise your search:

  • Try alternate spellings and abbreviations for your ancestor’s name(s).
  • Enter only the surname, first name, plus the year of birth and death; do not complete any other search fields.
  • If the name is uncommon, you may want to omit the birth and death years.
  • If you are uncertain of the individual’s year of death, leave that field blank.

The government allows for twelve characters in the last name and nine characters in the first name, with any additional characters simply being left off. If you are searching for someone who has a long name, leave off the extra characters. Otherwise, you may not get the search results that you expect.

If you find an ancestor in the Social Security Death Index, you might want to ask a copy of the deceased individual’s original Social Security application from the Social Security Administration. The original application has valuable information not included in the Social Security Death Index:

  • Full name
  • Full name at birth (including maiden name)
  • Mailing address at time of application
  • Age at last birthday
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth (city, county, state)
  • Father’s full name “regardless of whether living or dead”
  • Mother’s full name, including maiden name, “regardless of whether living or dead”
  • Sex and race
  • Ever applied for SS number / Railroad Retirement before? Yes/No
  • Current employer’s name and address
  • Date signed
  • Applicant’s signature

To ask a copy of a deceased individual’s original Social Security application from the Social Security Administration, you need to send them a letter and ask a copy of the Social Security application form (the SS-5).
A standard letter to the Social Security Administration is available on Ancestry website.

Now you’ve learned how to search for your ancestors in the Social Security Death Index. Congratulations!