5,139 Free Online Illinois Collections Available Now in 19 Genealogy Record Categories

Are you doing Illinois genealogy research and looking for Free Online Illinois Genealogy Records? Click on a link for your desired categories free collection links (5,139 total links to Free Collections for Illinois):

Newspapers
Obituaries

BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

By the way, you can always access these all the time on the By Location page.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!​

2,257 Free Online Connecticut Collections Available Now in 19 Genealogy Record Categories

Are you doing Connecticut genealogy research and looking for Free Online Connecticut Genealogy Records? Click on a link for your desired categories free collection links (2,257 total links to Free Collections for Connecticut):

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

By the way, you can always access these all the time on the By Location page.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!​

1,947 Free Online Arizona Collections Available Now in 19 Genealogy Record Categories

Are you doing Arizona genealogy research and looking for Free Online Arizona Genealogy Records? Click on a link for your desired categories free collection links (1,947 total links to Free Collections for Arizona):

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

By the way, you can always access these all the time on the By Location page.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!​

5,656 Free Online Massachusetts Collections Available Now in 19 Genealogy Record Categories

Are you doing Massachusetts genealogy research and looking for Free Online Massachusetts Genealogy Records? Click on a link for your desired categories free collection links (5,656 total links to Free Collections for Massachusetts):

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records

Photos
Yearbooks

Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations

Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records

Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records

Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

By the way, you can always access these all the time on the By Location page.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!​

1,783 Free Online Louisiana Collections Available Now in 19 Genealogy Record Categories

Are you doing Louisiana genealogy research and looking for Free Online Louisiana Genealogy Records? Click on a link for your desired categories free collection links (1,783 total links to Free Collections for Louisiana):

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos

Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records

Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills

Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

By the way, you can always access these all the time on the By Location page.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!​

679 Free Online Delaware Collections Available Now in 19 Genealogy Record Categories

Are you doing Delaware genealogy research and looking for Free Online Delaware Genealogy Records? Click on a link for your desired categories free collection links (679 total links to Free Collections for Delaware):

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

By the way, you can always access these all the time on the By Location page.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!​

4,332 Free Online Indiana Collections Available Now in 19 Genealogy Record Categories

Are you doing Indiana genealogy research and looking for Free Online Indiana Genealogy Records? Click on a link for your desired categories free collection links (4,332 total links to Free Collections for Indiana):

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records

Cemetery Records

By the way, you can always access these all the time on the By Location page.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!​

Use the National Archives’ Numident Computerized Files to Search Social Security Applications, Claims, and Death Records

There are 3 types of information available online from the National Archives Social Security Numident files, which is a computerized database that contains SS-5 Application data, Social Security Claims information and Death Records.

There are almost 150 million records available to search.

Here’s the detailed description from the Social Security Administration and the National Archives:

“This series contains records for every social security number (SSN) assigned to individuals with a verified death or who would have been over 110 years old by [date]. There are three type of entries in NUMIDENT: application (SS-5), claim, and death records. A NUMIDENT record may contain more than one entry. Information contained in NUMIDENT records includes each applicant’s full name, SSN, date of birth, place of birth, citizenship, sex, father’s name, mother’s maiden name, and race/ethnic description (optional). NUMIDENT includes information regarding any subsequent changes made to the applicant’s record, including name changes and life or death claims. The death records in NUMIDENT do not include any State reported deaths in accordance with the Social Security Act section 205(r). There are 72,182,729 SS-5 records entries; 25,230,486 claim record entries; and 49,459,293 death record entries.”

To access these files online for free and search, click on: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-description.jsp?s=5057&cat=all&bc=sl

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

How to Determine the State of Residence from Social Security Numbers

Generally, if you wish to find out information about an individual’s Social Security application, you will need to acquire that person’s SS-5 form, a photocopy of which can be obtained from the Social, Security Administration for a fee of $21.00. See SS-5 Form for the form itself and mailing instructions.

The information included on the application is:

  • Full name
  • Full name at birth (including maiden name)
  • Present mailing address
  • 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

But what if you just wish to determine by the actual Social Security Number where the card was issued? In other words, where the applicant applied?

The first 3 digits are called the Area Number, and it provides a clue. From the SSA (ssa.gov) in their description of the Area Number:

The Area Number is assigned by the geographical region. Prior to 1972, cards were issued in local Social Security offices around the country and the Area Number represented the State in which the card was issued. This did not necessarily have to be the State where the applicant lived, since a person could apply for their card in any Social Security office. Since 1972, when SSA began assigning SSNs and issuing cards centrally from Baltimore, the area number assigned has been based on the ZIP code in the mailing address provided on the application for the original Social Security card. The applicant’s mailing address does not have to be the same as their place of residence. Thus, the Area Number does not necessarily represent the State of residence of the applicant, either prior to 1972 or since.

Also, randomization of numbers started in 2011, so for applications after that date, the Area Number has no meaning.

For the great majority of applicants, however, the first 3 digits (Area Number) may represent the state of residence for the application.

Below is a link to a QuickSheet that contains a list of the Area Numbers and the states that they represent. To obtain the one-page Quicksheet pdf for easy reference, you can view or download it by clicking on the link or button below.

For all the previously published Quick Reference Guides, click on QuickSheets

Search Hyphenated Words in Historical Newspapers to Get Up To 30% More Results

Finding your ancestors in newspaper articles is in my opinion – an art, not a science. You must be clever and resourceful to get around the quality limitations in old newspapers

A “feature” of older newspapers is the use of the hyphen. Hyphenated words were often used heavily to save space and due to the limitations of fixed-width type. 

Below is a link to a QuickSheet that contains a description with examples, of the benefits of searching for hyphenated words in your online searching of old newspapers.

To obtain the one-page Quicksheet pdf for easy reference, you can view or download it by clicking on the link or button below.

For all the previously published Quick Reference Guides, click on QuickSheets