In my post SS-5 Waiting Game, I explained why I was ordering the SS-5 (application for a Social Security number) for my great-grandfather.
Well the record arrived today and delivered splendidly!
Here's the new information I learned from thus record:
Noel's middle name is spelled Holly. Some information I had said Hollie.
His birth year is 1889. Some records said 1886, but since Noel filled out this record himself, I'm counting it as the strongest source I've acquired so far.
Noel's father is Noel Sr.! I already knew this, but I had no record that directly said it. I had proof that Noel Jr.'s sister was Elizabeth. I had proof that Elizabeth's father was Noel Sr., but nothing that said the 2 Noels were connected. This seems obvious, but in Louisiana, Thibodeaux is a common name and you can't assume anything.
Noel had really neat penmanship. It's tidy capital letters. My grandfather and aunt write the same way.
This record was filled out June 11, 1937. It gives Noel Jr.'s residence and place of employment at that time. He was working construction in Calexico, California, right on the Mexico border. Wonder what he was building? This is a nice 1940 census substitute until I can get my hands on the real thing.
You can order SS-5s online. The whole transaction for me took less than the 20 business days advertised. It's easy, but not cheap.