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I wanted to draw your attention to a
post on Megan Smolenyak’s Roots World blog about a disturbing change to the Social
Security Administration’s policy on fulfilling requests for relatives’ for Social
Security applications (called SS-5 forms):
The SSA will block out parents’ names on the SS-5 you requested if the applicant was
born less than 100 years ago and you don’t provide proof the parents are deceased.
If you requested the SS-5 in order to learn those parents’ names in the first place,
of course, you can’t prove they’re deceased. And you’re out the nonrefundable $27
fee you sent with your request.
I haven’t heard a public announcement from the SSA about this policy. Smolenyak
learned of the change after requesting an SS-5.
This comes on the heels of the SSA’s removal
of “protected” death records from the Death Master File, the source of the Social
Security Death Index.