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Chapter 9. TAKING AN INVENTORY OF YOUR P... > Uncle Sam (and His Younger Cousins) ...

Uncle Sam (and His Younger Cousins) Lists You!

People who are “off the grid”—those who really don't participate by using telephones and electricity, those who are part of the cash economy, and so on—are probably the only people who have a chance to remain truly hidden in our society. Because United States Federal law required all people, even children who are not yet part of the work force, to have a Social Security Number, it has become harder and harder to not be listed somewhere in some government record.

All infants born are registered, with their names, the names of their parents, including the mother's maiden name. Those registers are increasingly available online. All deaths are recorded, and sites such as Geneaology.Com provide access to the Social Security Death Index. Figure 9.13 shows the listing for Glee's father, Glenn Harrah.


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