What's My Number?
- More than 100,000 people have 5 or more social security numbers
- 15% of social security numbers are associate with two or more people
- More than 140,000 social security numbers are associated with 5 or more people
- More than 27,000 social security are associated with 10 or more people
- 6.1% of Americans have 2 social security numbers associated with their name
I have been researching my maternal family tree on Ancestry.com in the U.S. Social Security Application Claims Index 1936-2007. I found three results for an ancestor Chalmers Bearden. His name is listed three times differently.
Name Date of Birth Place of Birth Application Parents
Chalmers Bearden 29/Nov/1889 McComb June Harriet
Ms 1937 Stacher
Chalmern Bearden 29/Nov/1886 McComb Nov Harriet
Ms 1941 Stacher
CH Bearden 29/Nov/1885 McComb Dec Harriet
Ms 1943 Stacher
Many of the errors are thought to secondary to duplication errors and fraud. In genealogy research the social security number may not be a definitive source of information.
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----- The Tree Gardener