Hi James, Sounds like you are just starting out on researching this family. Make sure and talk to any relatives you are in touch with.
Has your dad passed away? If so, you should contact the cemetery, funeral home, get a copy of his death certificate, obituary, birth certificate, marriage record, was he in the military..... Sometimes if you have info about siblings you can search them too to try and find out info. Infact if you knew of any siblings that were born before 1930 I could do a search for them in the 1930 census. It would give a possiblity as to parents.
These things will be a BIG help in finding the next generation.
--------- I checked the Social Security death index and this looks like it is your dad. This would be another option in finding his parents names. You can send for his application.
JAMES T WILESRequest Information (SS-5) SSN 347-22-4970 Residence:46320Hammond, Lake, IN Born 2 Apr 1931 Last Benefit: Died 31 Mar 1999 Issued:IL (Before 1951)
Here is a letter that you could copy and paste/print to send to them.
Social Security Administration Office of Earnings Operations FOIA Workgroup 300 N. Greene Street P.O. Box 33022 Baltimore, Maryland 21290 Re: Freedom of Information Act Request
Dear Freedom of Information Officer,
I am writing this request under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. Section 552. I hereby request a copy of the SS-5, Application for Social Security Card, or a corresponding NUMIDENT printout (see below) for the following individual:
WILES, JAMES 347-22-4970 Birth: 2 Apr 1931 Death: 31 Mar 1999
This individual is deceased, having been listed in the Social Security Administration's Death Master File. I understand the fee for this service is $27 for copy of original SS-5 application OR $16 for copy of an abbreviated NUMIDENT printout when the Social Security Number is provided. I am requesting a (circle one: SS-5 copy OR Numident printout) Included is a check for $______ made out to the Social Security Administration to cover any administrative costs required by this request.
Please respond to my request upon receipt of this initial correspondence. Thank you for your attention and assistance.
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To send for copies of vital records this is a great site. Do call and make sure the address and charge is correct. Just click on what state you are interested in and from there it will give you the address and what is available in that state.