Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Xmas...I Found Santa's Grave


Happy Holidays everyone, and please....forgive me...but I've located Santa's grave.

Actually, Ol' Saint Nick has a number of ancestral death records.  Using the Best Genealogy Tools for 2010 that I highlighted a few days ago, here's what turns up with a search on the name, Santa Claus.

FamilySearch uncovers two records in the Social Security Death Index, complete with Santa's SSN:

Santa CLAUS
    Birth Date: 10 Jun 1930
    Death Date: 10 Sep 2008
    Social Security Number:  428-48-5735
    State or Territory Where Number Was Issued:  Mississippi

Santa CLAUS
    Birth Date: 15 Jan 1944
    Death Date: 26 Aug 2003
    Social Security Number:  326-34-2714
    State or Territory Where Number Was Issued:  Illinois


Stephen Morse's wonderful site  uncovers an Italian immigrant to the US in the Castle Garden database, one Santo Clausi, who arrived in New York on October 1, 1902.

Morse also has a search interface to Ancestry.com, where we find 20 Santa's, including Santa M. Claus, Santa Elf Claus, and even Santa Hohoho Claus (with an odd attached note of Other Possible Names: Kris Hohoho Kringle).

And alas, at FindAGrave we have photographic proof of the final resting place of Santa "Nick" Claus.

Santa's demise notwithstanding, I suspect folks will have a very Merry Christmas and assorted other solstice-inspired celebrations this holiday season.

Here's hoping for a prosperous, peaceful new year for all.

David




Santa Claus, his wife Mabel, and the six kids, from the 1930 Census.  No Rudolph, though!


Visit the main page of Free Genealogy Tools for more, umm, free genealogical tools.

And don't forget to also check for your family history at Ancestry.com and NewspaperArchive.com. These are subscription databases, but they are among the most powerful research tools available for looking into family roots.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the interesting search results of the Santa Claus name.
What a lovely tombstone and tribute to a man of the namesake of many family historian's common ancestor - so to speak!
I suppose Rudolph is depicted on the stone!
Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year to all family historians!

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