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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Information For Relatives About Deceased Railroad Workers

(Posted December 1, 1997)

Question 3: Where can I get information about a deceased relative who worked for a railroad? I want to use the information only for genealogy & family history purposes.

Answer: The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board is usually an excellent source for such information. They are usually able to fullfill requests from relatives of a deceased railroad worker.

You will need to send a written request for the information to Mr. Robert Duda, Director of Claims Processing, U.S. Railroad Board Board, 844 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2092.

Be sure to specify your relationship to the deceased worker and how you plan to use the information. Also include the deceased employee's Social Security Number and as much identifying information as possible, such as the date and place of birth, the date and place of death, and the parents' names.


Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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