Thanks for the info. I tried the archives and ss# websites but to no avail. i inputed his social security number and no matches came up. also, in the archives website im not quite sure what to look for. i dont know where exactly he arrived in america. my family say he came through Ellis Island adn they also mention something about Pennsylvania. perhaps he lived there before he moved to texas. anyway, if there is anything else you could help me with id greatly appreciate it. thanks.