Kathy,The following is a cut and paste from Ancestry's SSDI.
ANDERSON VAIL Request Information (SS-5)
SSN 560-03-5764 Residence: 05 Born 8 Feb 1880 Last Benefit: NEW: More Records!
Died Jan 1963 Issued: CA (Before 1951)
Writing a letter to the Social Security Administration Click here to generate letter When you find your ancestors in the Social Security Death Index (also known as the Death Master File), you may want a copy of your ancestor's original Social Security application. This application has valuable additional information and can serve as documentation for your own records. The Social Security Administration makes copies of the original Social Security application form (the SS-5) available to third parties who request information on a deceased individual. The application form (SS-5) contains the following information: ? Full name ? Full name at birth (including maiden name) ? Present mailing address ? Age at last birthday ? Date of birth ? Place of birth (City, county, state) ? Father's full name "regardless of whether living or dead" ? Mother's full name, including maiden name, "regardless of whether living or dead" ? Sex and race ? Ever applied for SS number/Railroad Retirement before? Yes/No ? Current employer's name and address ? Date signed ? Applicant's signature A standard letter to the Social Security Administration is available with the search results on the Ancestry.com Social Security Death Index. This letter may be printed and mailed to the Social Security Administration to request a copy of your ancestor's SS-5 form. The Social Security Administration now charges $27.00 for each individual copy (an abbreviated NUMIDENT printout is available for $16.00).
If you go to Ancestry's SSDI and search for him with the state of issue, CA, you will get the same info.There is a place where you can click and the system will print the letter you need to get a copy of his SSN application.