52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – Challenge 40 – SS-5 Applications

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy – Challenge 40

Week 40: Investigate how to order an SS5. When someone applies for a Social Security Number, he or she fills out form SS5. When that person (or any other with a Social Security Number) dies, the public can request a copy of the SS5. This document can be a genealogy gold mine of information including parents’ names, applicant’s address and occupation at the time of filing, and birth date. Halfway down the page of the SSA’s Guide to the Freedom of Information Act is information on requesting a deceased person’s SS-5 application. Check out the mail-in request form SSA-711 and the online form SSA-714 (both are PDF format and require Adobe reader to view). This week’s challenge is to explore the ways to order a SS5. You do not have to actually order one unless you want to. If you are participating in this challenge from outside the United States, you may investigate how to order a similar type of document from your own government. If you write a genealogy blog, share with readers information you have found through requested SS5 records.

This challenge runs from Saturday, October 2, 2010 through Friday, October 8, 2010.

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Here are the latest posts from GeneaBloggers members on this week’s challenge:

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52 Weeks To Better Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts that are a bit more challenging and are geared towards those new to the field of genealogy and family history as well as those who want to brush up on some skills which might be a bit rusty. Please include an attribution link if you participate.

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52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – Challenge 39 – Writing Skills

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy – Challenge 39

Week 39: Brush up on good genealogy writing tips. Whether you’re planning to write your family’s history or simply ask questions online, good writing is a skill that will benefit your research needs. Check out these web sites and tips on honing your writing skills: Board for Certification of Genealogists® “Good Genealogical Writing,” About.com’s “Writing & Publishing Your Family History,” Cyndi’s List Writing Resources Page, and Quintessential Careers™ “Online Discussion Group Networking Do’s and Don’ts.” Bloggers, do you have anything to add to these links? Share some of your writing tips with your readers.

This challenge runs from Saturday, 25 September 2010 through Friday, 1 October 2010.

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Here are the latest posts from GeneaBloggers members on this week’s challenge:

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52 Weeks To Better Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts that are a bit more challenging and are geared towards those new to the field of genealogy and family history as well as those who want to brush up on some skills which might be a bit rusty. Please include an attribution link if you participate.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – Challenge 38 – Second Life

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy – Challenge 38

Week 38: Investigate Second Life: a 3D virtual world community. Check out the presentation What is Second Life? This learning tool has all the appearances of a video game, but there actually are vibrant genealogy social communities and discussions within the network. Genealogy Wise maintains a group of Second Life genealogists and a calendar of upcoming discussions. You do not have to join Second Life for this challenge. The goal is just to give genealogists exposure to this type of genealogy learning tool. If you have a blog, you may jot down your impressions of Second Life if you wish.

This challenge runs from Saturday, 18 September 2010 through Friday, 24 September 2010.

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Here are the latest posts from GeneaBloggers members on this week’s challenge:

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52 Weeks To Better Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts that are a bit more challenging and are geared towards those new to the field of genealogy and family history as well as those who want to brush up on some skills which might be a bit rusty. Please include an attribution link if you participate.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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