​U.S. Sources of U.S. Immigrant Lithuanian's Birth Data

Form SS-5 (Application for Social Security Account Number)


To obtain this form for your ancestor, you have to make a written request and send money.  It is one of the few US records that asks for the names of the ancestor's parents, and it can be one of the most reliable sources for birth date.  It also asks for specific birth place (but typical entry is "Lithuania"). 


Here are two links to sites that address the subject:



EXAMPLE 1:  FORM SS-5 FOR MY PATERNAL GRANDFATHER JULIUS NORMANT:

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Lithuanian Roman Catholic (RC) Ancestor Search Information

​Form SS-5 for My Maternal Grandmother Stella Chepulis Miknis


Some Comments:

  • Birth Date: "Nov. 1st 1895".   She always celebrated her birthday on November 1st but we never knew the year, and other records showed a variety of possible birth years.  Her birth record in Lithuania shows a birth date of November 2, 1895.
  • Place of Birth: "Lithuania".  A typical (non-specific) entry.
  • Father's Full Name: "Gabriel Chepulis".  This name is an "Americanized equivalent" of the father's name.  From this name, a researcher's "initial guess" would be that the father's name in Lithuania was "Gabrielius Čepulis" (which it was).
  • Mother's Full Name: "Anella Klonis".  This name is an "Americanized equivalent" of the mother's name.  From this name, a researcher's "initial guess" would be that the mother's name in Lithuania was "Anelė Klonytė (family name "Klonis")".  This Form SS-5 entry about mother's name became important because the priest had made an entry error when entering the mother's name on my grandmother's birth record in Lithuania.




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Form SS-5 for My Paternal Grandfather Julius Normant.


Some Comments:

  • It's typed.  My speculation is that his employer provided the typing (via a secretary typist) and my grandfather signed it.
  • This is an early version of this form.  Note that Item 7 (date of birth) says that it is "subject to later verification". That it why the Form SS-5 is considered a reliable source of birth date.
  • The birth date February 8, 1883 is the same birth date that was eventually found on his birth record in Lithuania.
  • Place of Birth: "Lithuania".  A typical (non-specific) entry.
  • Father's Full Name: "John Casimir Normant".   This name is an "Americanized equivalent" of the father's name.  From this name, a researcher's "initial guess" would be that the father's name in Lithuania was "Jonas Kazimieras Normantas".
  • Father's Middle Name: "Casimir".  I have never found a record in Lithuania that indicates that the father had any middle name.
  • Mother's Full Name: "Paulina Gudovisz".  This name is an "Americanized equivalent" of the mother's name.  From this name, a researcher's "initial guess" would be that the mother's name in Lithuania was "Paulina Gudavičiūtė (family name "Gudavičius")".


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EXAMPLE 2:  FORM SS-5 FOR MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER STELLA CHEPULIS MIKNIS: