23 April 2012

Motivational Monday: Random Tips & Tidbits

Saturday's "Sorting Saturday: My Inbox" got me motivated! So, despite my lenghty blog on Saturday, I continued ... after much needed caffine!

The 2012 Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Gene-A-Rama, "You're Invited to the Social (Media)!" will be held April 27-28, 2012 at the Hyatt Hotel and KI Convention Center, Green Bay, Wisconsin. The featured speaker will be Thomas MacEntee of High Definition Genealogy and Geneabloggers.com. Registration details available on Society website.

Great resource for fellow Poles is the PGSA - the Polish Genealogical Society of America. Membership is open to anyone doing research within the borders of the old Commonwealth of Poland.

Eastman's Online Genealogical Helper did an article recently on indentifying an unknown Civil War soldier. That reminded me that I need to get back working on my Van Horn line. My third great grandfather had a brother BENJAMIN VAN HORN who served the UNION in the CIVIL WAR. I know very little of his service however and would love to delve into that are more.

I received this picture above from a family member descended directly from Benjamin. The plaque shows he was a Prisoner of War but I have yet to find a record of it. Another thing to highlight on my To Do List!

Social Security Numbers.
We all have one - or at least we should! Earlier this month, The Ancestry Insider wrote "Social Security Death Index Redactions" about Ancestry.com removing the SSDI Index. Are they really important? Heck yea! In my orting on Saturday I cam across something I pulled off of a forum on AOL back when AOL was still the be all and all and before Gore even thought to claim he invented the net! On a social security application one can find the name, address, age and birthday, employment, place of birth, parents names, sex, race, date of application and thier signature. The NUMBER is made up of three parts, as you may have noticed from your own. This is especially helpful if your ancestors moved around or are hard to find. Mine got to Pennsylvania and stayed so no big surprise that they all begin with a PA number. That's right. The first three numbers are what's called the "area". Pennsylvania numbers range from 159 to 211. So someone from that state would be - for example - 164-xx-xxxx. The second part is a group number and the third is a serial number. The serial number would be given in th eorder they were processed. Even if your great grandparents were processed at the same time, does not mean that there was not any one else in the state who wasn't being processed at the same time, so therefore their numbers may not be in order.

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