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Find Family With Social Security Number

Find Family With Social Security Number

Do you need to find family with a Social Security number? I know most people don’t have a social security number for the people they are looking for, but there are occasions when the social security number is known. The good news is that the Social Security Administration might actually help you.

The SSA will send a letter to someone for you in certain circumstances. You must be very careful in the way you write the letter to the person you are looking for. They do read every letter and make an individual decision about whether or not they will send this letter on to your family member. If they decide to send the letter on for a humanitarian reason, for example you have a serious medical issue and you need a donor, then there is no charge. If you are contacting them to tell them that they have inherited a million dollars because they are your long lost sister, then there will be a $35 charge.

Find Family With Social Security Number

The original document can be read at Social Security

“We will attempt to forward a letter to a missing person under circumstances involving a matter of great importance, such as a death or serious illness in the missing person’s immediate family, or a sizeable amount of money that is due the missing person. Also, the circumstances must concern a matter about which the missing person is unaware and would undoubtedly want to be informed. (Generally, when a son, daughter, brother, or sister wishes to establish contact, we write to the missing person, rather than forward a letter from the relative.) Because this service is not related in any way to a Social Security program, its use must be limited so that it does not interfere with our regular program activities.

There is no charge for forwarding letters that have a humanitarian purpose. However, we must charge a $35 (effective August 2012) fee to cover our costs when the letter is to inform the missing person of money or property due him or her. This fee is not refundable. The fee should be paid by a check that is made payable to the Social Security Administration.

We must read each letter we forward to ensure that it contains nothing that could prove embarrassing to the missing person if read by a third party. We do not believe that it would be proper to open a sealed letter; therefore, a letter that is sent to us for forwarding should be in a plain, unstamped, unsealed envelope showing only the missing person’s name. Nothing of value should be enclosed.

To try to locate an address in our records, we need the missing person’s Social Security number or identifying information to help us find the number. The identifying information needed is the person’s date and place of birth, the father’s name, and the mother’s full birth name.

Usually, we forward a letter in care of the employer who most recently reported earnings for the missing person. We normally would have the current home address only if the person is receiving benefits. Therefore, we cannot assure that a letter will be delivered or that a reply will be received. Also, we cannot send a second letter.”

While it is possible to find family with a social security number, it is a process and must be done carefully. They only give you one shot, so make the most of it. Let us know if you have used the SSA to contact someone using a social security number and tell us how it worked out.

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I found my birth family after 40 years of looking for them. I used DNA tests, software to sort DNA match results, family trees, contacting DNA matches and several website tools. We want to provide you a "one stop shop" with all your resources to help YOU find YOUR family.

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