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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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.


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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