31 July 2011

My Ancestors in the SSDI

Every so often, I practice with a database--usually because that's how some discoveries are made.

Today it was the Social Security Death Index. I located only direct line ancestors in this database:

NEILL, CECIL
29 Oct 1903
Dec 1968
65
62321 (Carthage,Hancock, IL)
(none specified)
Illinois
Paternal grandfather
NEILL, IDA
01 Sep 1910
21 Jul 1994
83
62321 (Carthage, Hancock, IL)
(none specified)
Illinois
Paternal grandmother
UFKES, JOHN H
27 Jan 1917
02 Dec 2003 (V)
86
62321 (Carthage,Hancock, IL)
(none specified)
Illinois
Maternal grandfather
UFKES, DOROTHY HABBEN
12 Apr 1924
09 Sep 2008 (P)
84
34205 (Bradenton,Manatee, FL)
(none specified)
Illinois
Maternal grandmother
NEILL, FANNIE
16 May 1883
May 1965
81-82
(Illinois)
(none specified)
Illinois
Grandpa Neill’s mother
UFKES, TENA
17 Apr 1895
Nov 1986
91
62321 (Carthage, Hancock, IL)
(none specified)
Illinois
Granddad Ufkes’ mother
HABBEN, MIMKA
11 Nov 1881
Feb 1969
87
62321 (Carthage,Hancock, IL)
(none specified)
Illinois
Grandma Ufkes’ father


I have seven ancestors in the database. I always thought it neat that my grandparents were seven years apart, being born in 1903, 1910, 1917, and 1924. Interestingly enough my parents are only a year apart in age. I searched for all my great-grandparents in the database--except for great-grandfather Trautvetter who died in 1934. I figured he was not in the SSDI.

The search results even listed an age range for my great-grandmother Neill as her date of birth is given as 16 May 1883, but the death date is only as specific as the month of May of 1965.

I decided to search for my wife's ancestors in the SSDI as well. There were not quite as many.

JOHNSON, WILBUR W
17 Oct 1912
Apr 1991
78
(HC)
(none specified)
Illinois
Wife’s paternal grandfather
JOHNSON, GRACE M
05 Dec 1913
12 Jun 2000 (V)
86
61201 (Rock Island,Rock Island, IL)
(none specified)
Illinois
Wife's paternal grandmother
LAKE, OLA
10 Jun 1906
Apr 1969
62
61265 (Moline, Rock Island, IL)
(none specified)
Illinois
Wife's maternal grandfather
LAKE, ANNA
08 Mar 1913
Nov 1987
74
61265 (Moline, Rock Island, IL)
(none specified)
Illinois
Wife's maternal grandmother
MORTIER, HENRY
20 Feb 1885
Dec 1966
81
61201 (Rock Island,Rock Island, IL)
(none specified)
Illinois
Father of Grace Johnson--above.
MORTIER, COROLINE
13 Feb 1884
Apr 1981
97
61201 (Rock Island,Rock Island, IL)
(none specified)
Illinois
Mother of Grace Johnson-above


Caroline Mortier's first name is spelled incorrectly. I also discovered a number of relatives in the file (particularly on my wife's families) because of how the searches were conducted.

I had a difficult time searching for Wilbur Johnson because there is no death place listed. A quick search did not reveal what (HC) stands for, but I'll look and post a follow up if a reader doesn't first.

(V) indicates the SSA verified the report with a family member or someone acting on behalf of a family member. (P) indicates the SSA saw the death certificate.
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