No Correct Town in’ Dropdown for the SSA Database?

When searching the  “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007″ at, there is no entry for Tioga, Hancock County, Illinois in the location “database.” There are many locations that do not appear in the location database.


One workaround is to use “Illinois, USA” as the location and use “tioga” as the keyword. This is not a totally guaranteed approach because some place names are not standardized in the SSA database, but it is better than nothing.

2 thoughts on “No Correct Town in’ Dropdown for the SSA Database?

  1. Eileen M

    Very often county lines are “rearranged”. For example, my husband’s paternal line starts in Lysoming County, PA, but the same town is later found in Cameron County, PA, finally ending up in Elk County, PA .
    Try using just the state or just the town. You don’t have to use the “suggestion list” that pops up in Ancestry. Sometimes less is more!

    1. mjnrootdig Post author

      Sometimes lines and borders are the problem, but there are number of locations that are simply missing from the dropdown list at which can sometimes make searching by specific location difficult. Using the town or location name in the keyword box is a good option too, especially when the state population combined with a common name makes for too many matches.


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