I continue to struggle getting back to posting in my blog. On February 13th, almost five months after the death of my mother, my eldest sister Irma Marie Frank passed. Needless to say, her death has also left me devastated.
Like my mother, my sister was a big proponent of my genealogical research. I’m so happy that I followed my gut and had both of them take DNA tests before their passing. Maybe it will be their DNA that will ultimately lead me to my grandmother’s maternal line.
Since my last post, I have received one additional hint about the identity of my maternal great-grandmother. For those of you that use ancestry.com for your family research, you may be aware that in 2015 Ancestry.com, added a searchable database that I found to be extremely useful. Last year, Ancestry.com added an addition to their Social Security Death Index (SSDI): U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index. This database provides more details about social security applicants, which may include their full name (including applicable maiden name), birth data, and place of birth. However, the most important information I’ve found in the database are the names of the applicant’s parents.
As you may recall from my last post, I found my grandmother Estella Rubin’s mother’s name on a marriage license, which was listed as Eva Laughtin. I wasn’t sure if the Laugh had a “Law”sound such as Lawton or a “Loff” sound like in the name Lofton, but at least I had a name.
I had hoped that I would be able to confirm the name by using the Social Security application database on Ancestry.com. Unfortunately, my grandmother’s application was not online. I followed the instructions provided on the Ancestry site and submitted the request to the Social Administration office to get a copy of my grandmother’s application. Since I had her social security number, the cost of the copy was $27; the cost is $29 if you do not have the SSIN. Here’s what I received:
From the application, looks like my grandmother listed her mother as Evil Loffton. Do you have any other ideas what the mother’s name in the document? Maybe the name is Evie Lofton? I’m not familiar with any Loftons. Do you know any Loftons out of Mowata in Saint Landry parish in the great state of Louisiana? Hit me up with any information you can share on this subject.