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Finding a Lost Relative Who Worked for the New York Central
(Posted October 31, 2009)
Question 737: My uncle worked for the New York Central and is or was a pensioner. I'm trying to find out if he's still alive. Please help.
Answer: Unfortunately the New York Central was merged into the Penn Central in 1968 and then became part on Conrail. Finally it was absorbed by the Norfolk & Western and the C&O. So it would be a very difficult job to find records of your uncle.
The Railroad Retirement Board has complete records of railroad employment beginning in January 1937. They will charge a $27 fee for searching their records. You can write to them at:
U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
Congressional Inquiry Section
844 North Rush Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2092
You can also check Social Security's Death index online.
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