New Social Security Application Restriction

For all you genealogists out there, I just heard this.  If you order a Social Security application for your ancestor in hopes of finding his parents’ names on it you will be disappointed.  The government, under the Freedom of Information Act, (FOIA), decided to extend the restriction of parents’ names to 100 years.  In other words the parents have to have died 100 years before the birth of the applicant.


This restriction was originally imposed for applicants born after 1940 to protect the identity of persons who could be still living.  The new restriction was extended without any announcement.  The cost of this application is currently $29.  So without confirmation of this restriction you could be wasting your money.


It would be wise to contact the Social Security Administration or your local office for  advice.  There was no phone number or email address listed for this office.


Social Security Administration
OEO FOIA Workgroup
300 N. Greene Street
P.O. Box 33022
Baltimore, Maryland 21290-3022