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Did Barack Obama get his Social Security Number in Connecticut? (042-68-????)

If you go here and do a find for 042-68 you'll see what purports to be the first part of Barack Obama's Social Security Number. According to the Social Security Administration, the 042 prefix indicates that the number was obtained in Connecticut: ssa.gov/employer/stateweb.htm

Obviously, there are a lot of open questions here, and even if that is his real number what exactly it would prove isn't clear.

The person who generated the list of names, addresses, and SSNs is apparently Neil Sankey (privateinvestigation.com), a former British policeman who's now a licensed private investigator in Los Angeles. A search here will show he has a clear record (actually, there are two records, one clear and one delinquent, with the latter probably just due to an address change; the clear one cancels out the other one).

If anyone can find some corroboration that that's really Obama's SSN, please leave a comment. Perhaps this is the real reason why he's so adamant about not releasing his college transcripts and the like.

UPDATE: As of late July 2009, this post is getting a lot of visitors. Could someone leave a comment explaining who mentioned this and when and where? Also, please see the Obama citizenship page for our extensive coverage of the wider issue.

5/11/10 UPDATE: I think the reason this got so many visitors is because Orly Taitz mentioned the issue on cable TV. Also, WorldNetDaily has another article about this issue here.

3/18/11 UPDATE: An updated article on this topic is here:

What [licensed investigator from Ohio named Susan Daniels] and fellow investigator Neil Sankey unearthed was a nugget that could have ended the career of a George Bush or a Sarah Palin: Barack Obama had been using a Social Security number issued in Connecticut between 1977 and 1979, a state in which he never lived or even visited at that time in his life...

..."All I can say," says Daniels of 042-68-4425, "is that it's phony and [Obama] has been using it, with it first appearing on his Selective Service document in 1980."

Daniels sent me a copy of the hand-written application of the individual who held the number immediately before Obama's, 042-68-4424. The applicant, Thomas Wood, died at age 19, which is why his information is available.

Wood's Social Security number was issued sometime between March and May of 1977. Obama would turn 16 in August of that year. Wood lived on Glenview Drive in Newington, Conn., the state from which all "042s" applied. Obama lived in Hawaii...

..."Numbers are assigned based on the return address on the request envelope, not residency," crowed Jason Linkins in the Huffington Post as though he had said something meaningful. Linkins suggested two possible explanations, both preposterous...

Wed, 03/18/2009 - 00:44 · Importance: 4

Wed, 03/18/2009 - 14:03
Atlanta Private Investigator

One should be very careful about posting Social Security numbers, even partial ones on the net. Social engineers know that with part of the information, a little ingenuity and trickery can get them the rest. Interesting article though.

Wed, 07/29/2009 - 22:26

You are insane.

Wed, 07/29/2009 - 23:42
Nick Benjamin

Orly Taitz claimed Obama's SSN belongs to 190-year-old Conneticut resident last night on the Colbert Report. I googled Barrack Obama "Social Security Number" and this post was the top result. That's why you're getting more visitors.

Wed, 07/29/2009 - 23:56

Okay, first of all...a 190 year old man from Connecticut would never have HAD a SSN. Social Security numbers weren't handed out until 1936. So that man would have been...118 years old in 1936. Second of all...the state where you are issues a SSN has NOTHING to do with where you were born. I was born in NY. I was ISSUED my SSN 15 years later in MA. You have to apply to SSA for your SSN - it's not assigned to you at birth. I got mine when I got my first after school job. I believe it's more common to get them for a child as soon as they are born now, but it's not required by law.

Wed, 07/29/2009 - 23:57

Yup - Colbert is going to be responsible for that jump. Orly claimed the SS# belonged to someone that would be 190 years old. Which is interesting. She didn't explain further. Did she mean the number was issued at a time that, assuming averages, the person would now be 190? Or did she mean the name it belongs to would be 190 now? The reason it's interesting is because there's no way the numbers add up: the SS# system hasn't been around long enough for anyone to have a number and it add up to 190 years. The only way the maths could possible work is if the number was issued as soon as the numbers came out and the person was as old as possible at that time. So do the maths: 190 years minus the time SS#'s have been around (73 years) means the person was issued the number when they were 127 years old in 1936.... Orly Taitz is wrong. But that won't stop the story.

Thu, 07/30/2009 - 02:30
Joe C

I thought the same thing about Taitz's comment, but then I rewatched the segment (with closed captioning on), and she actually said 119 years old. Her accent just made it sound like she was saying 190.

Fri, 07/31/2009 - 17:43

One issue is that the information that she gathers doesn't even verify that the SSN belongs to President Barack Obama... just some guy named Barack Obama. Clearly the birth date doesn't match, so why does she say that this is "the social security number he most often uses" - what does that even mean? I think it means that she did a general search for Barack Obama in the SSN records and found more than one.

Mon, 08/03/2009 - 04:11

I found you site because when one searches for "obama social security number", you are near the top of the list.

Mon, 08/03/2009 - 04:12


Mon, 08/03/2009 - 04:12

woops.......... :) http://www.reboottherepublic.com

Mon, 08/03/2009 - 13:55

She didn't explain further because Colbert simply resumes his smarm as soon as possible. We are facing a huge Legal issue, Natural Born Citizenship isn't used anywhere in the U.S. Code, only in the Constitution. It stands to measure that statutes can only grant citizenship, not Natural Born Citizenship. Conspiracy, Agenda or a simple legal definition - this needs to be straightened out and the fact that the Media is treating it like a joke and Obama supporters are treating it like an attack upon their deity is not helping. Many of Obama's employers, The People, are demanding this be addressed. So address it Mr. President. If it's so stupid and so simple to get straight then just do it. Stop with the millions of dollars in legal defenses that are setting terrible precedent. Federal Judge Surrick now installed federal precedent that says Citizens don't have standing to sue their Government on Constitutional Issues. Christ, Obama or not we should ALL be scared about what that means.

Fri, 10/09/2009 - 05:19

Orly stated this in court to Fed. Judge Carter on 7/13/09. It's part of the court record. She related that the investigator found Obama had used that number in three states and that his grandmother, who worked at that time in Oahu at a record facility that handled SS#'s which made them believe that the actual number came from a deceased person and was given to Obama. She also stated that there was 37 other SS#'s numbers that had Barack Hussein Obama's name assigned to them.??? Maybe there's more Barack Hussein Obama's around?

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 02:28
Robert Spoonley

Obama's grandmother (in hawaii, not the one in Kenya "who was there at his birth" - her words, not mine)... anyway his grandmother worked for the Hawaiian goverment and had access to social security numbers for folks who were deceased. She probably picked off a good one (from Connecticut) for her grandson (who was born in Kenya).

Sun, 12/27/2009 - 18:02

Social Security numbers are coded for the state in which you reside when they give you a new one, Obama never resided in CT. There are many, many questions regarding Obama's citizenship and his refusal to provide his typewritten vault certificate of live birth from Hawaii only makes him look worse. He's spend millions hiding his birth certificate. Why not just show it like every other candidate has? The answer is obvious: He's hiding something. What a shame that our country. Our country of laws. Our country founded on the Constitution....won't go after a President who may be flagrantly violating the law just because he's black and no one wants to appear Un politically correct or be called a racist. How pathetic and sad. I've looked very objectively at all the evidence and considered both sides of the issue and my conclusion is that enough doubt exists to warrant an official and UNBIASED investigation.