When researching genealogy, every piece of information you discover is a new piece of the puzzle and a social security number is no different. However, knowing how to conduct a search by social security number is a different story altogether. Basically, a social security search is conducted based on whether the person is living or dead and whether you want to search online.
Let’s start with a living person.
Social Security Search for a Living Person
If you are trying to search for a living person by their social security number, you will need to conduct a reverse social security number look up. This means you go online to a social security number database and input their number and last name. You will need a credit card or a PayPal account to process the information.
Since a living person’s information is highly private, the most you can expect is current and previous addresses and phone numbers. You may get a current employer listed. However, that should be enough to get you in contact with whoever you are looking to contact.
Social Security Search for a Dead Person via Social Security Administration
The SSA will conduct a records search. All you need to do is provide the SSA the full name, state of birth, proof of death, and social security number of the deceased. You wait while the SSA does the research and then they send you their findings. It is not exactly the fastest of searches, but it is a government agency so what do you expect?
Freedom of Information Officer
4-H-8 Annex Building
6401 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21235
Social Security Search for a Dead Person Via the Internet
By far the fastest way to find records is an Internet search. It works the same way as a living person search except you can find more since the person is dead. When you conduct a social security search, you can expect to find:
- Personal Papers
- Death Certificates
- Funeral Home Records
- Bank Records
- Voter Registration
- Former Employers
Locating a social security number in genealogy research really is a treasure. Don’t let your treasure go to waste. Start your social security records search today. It really is easier than ever.