Recently I’ve found myself wanting to look at family records and see what type of family tree I can create of our heritage. I know the general “foundation” of my family and so forth but would like to find more. I’ve noticed that the majority of sites out there, you’re going to end up paying for family records.
As I continued to Google family records and ancestry sites I came across a site. I entered a few family names and sat back dumbfounded. Within about five seconds of punching in a deceased family member’s name, I saw a social security number staring back at me. I’m not talking the last four of a social or something like that. This was his FULL social security number clear as day.
With so many warnings out there about privacy and identity theft, I found myself a little sick. While his SSN was right there, no records of marriage, no parent’s names, nothing but that number. How is that anything to do with his family history? I understand that it’s a Death Index from Social Security but what is crossing the line?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure that I should appreciate being able to find certain information but this has nothing to do with tracing my history. I searched for other family members that have passed on and sure enough, there were their social security numbers as well. For something we are told constantly to protect, how is it okay for a site to give instant access to the wrong person?