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Re: My family
Posted by: teressa (ID *****0756) Date: February 03, 2003 at 13:01:21
In Reply to: My family by Mary Kostnicki of 741

Mary -
Don't know what you've tried or haven't tried yet...but you have to work 'backwards' in order to find info. So start at the 'end' so to speak:

1. First, check online for the Social Security Death Index. Look up your grandfather. When you find his name, write them & ask for a copy of his SS-5 application. ($ 27.00 fee). This will give you his birth date and birth place.

2. If that doesn't work...go to the cemetery he's buried at and get the info from their paperwork.

3. If he became a US Citizen, you could write to his local courthouse (or check - the National Archives) and ask for a copy of his declaration of Intent. This document will have a 'ton' of info on it, birth date, place, parent's names, and if married, to who, when and what children. That costs about $10.

Those are all good places to start. Once you have the info from them, you can start writing to his town/country of birth to get info on his parents, grandparents, great-grands and so on.

Good luck.

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