GN 00302.975 Hebrew Immigration Aid Society (HIAS) Records
HIAS is a non-profit organization devoted to assisting Jewish immigrants to the U.S. and, through cooperating and branch agencies throughout the world, locating friends and relatives.
B. Records available 1950 on
Proof of age can be obtained from HIAS for most Jewish immigrants who entered the U.S. from 1950 on.
C. Difficulty in obtaining records for 1909-1949 period
A request for search of HIAS records established before 1950 should not generally be made. If the claimant has other evidence of age established near the time of entry into the U.S. do not request a HIAS record. A search should be made for years before 1950 only if other evidence of comparable probative value is unavailable.
E. HIAS policy on release of information
HIAS will assist SSA in any way it can. There is no charge.
If a search is requested by mail, HIAS will not demand the claimant's authorization for release of information.
HIAS does insist, however, that SSA limit its requests to those that are necessary for an equitable determination of age for Jewish immigrants.
F. How to request information
This chart tells the FO interviewer how to obtain information from HIAS records.
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Request information from HIAS files by SSA-562-U3 addressed to the FO at:
237 West 48 St.
New York, NY 10036
Attach a statement patterned as follows:
Request for Information from United HIAS Service Files
333 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10001
RE: (Insert name, current address, and Social Security Number)
Name used on arrival:
Port of Arrival:
Name of Ship:
Place of birth:
Mother's maiden name:
Age on arrival:
Accompanying family members:
Supply as much information as possible, placing special emphasis on the name used on arrival and the date of arrival.
NOTE: If the date of arrival is not known, make every attempt to relate the arrival to a particular season or holiday to facilitate the search. Provide any spelling changes or phonetic distortions of the name used at the time of entry in the U.S.
If you have difficulty obtaining information, contact a rabbi or local Jewish agency for assistance.
Allow 6 weeks for a response from HIAS.