The example he used was for the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, where I have found some interesting facts for my family and my husband's family. (I shared one when this database was new on Ancestry.com.)
I want to share another interesting example in this database from my husband's family. Elizabeth (Girfanan or Girfanun or Girfman) Levitt was my mother-in-law's Aunt Betty.
This record, from the Social Security Application and Claims Index, 1936-2007, at Ancestry.com, shows that Sarah's maiden name was Brodsky and her father's name was Garson Girfanan (or Girfanan). Elizabeth's mother, Sarah Brodsky, immigrated from Russia as a young mother with her toddler daughter. I shared her naturalization papers here, one of which states that her husband is deceased.
Her 1923 marriage record shows her name as Elizabeth B. Girfman. (Philadelphia Marriage License Index - 1917 to 1938, found at FamilySearch.org.)
I should get the original copy of these records to look and the handwriting and see for myself if the name is Girfman, Girfanan or Girfanun.
Another source that I have for her father's first name is on her gravestone, which lists her as Leah daughter of Gershon.
|Find-A-Grave.com: photo courtesy of Mark Barnett|
Elizabeth married George Levitt, Rose Levitt Goldstein's oldest brother, and I shared their gravestone here. They are buried in Montefiore Cemetery, Jenkintown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.