Have you been sure to check for social security applications for all the women in your family?

I’m surprised at the number of women I have been able to find who had SSNs. They sometimes provided wonderful little tidbits of information.

Although this blog title is Working Women, I found plenty of applications from women who were housewives. (And of course what they did was also work!)

The card below reflects everything I’ve heard about my great-grandmother Beatrice Prather. Look at all the extra details, and her very precise handwriting:

Here’s the card for a cousin, Grace Howard:

Have you found many SS5 cards for women in your trees? Have you looked?

Do not forget to use these valuable records in conjunction with the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) and the Social Security Applications and Claims Index (1936-2007) database on Ancestry.

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