How do I find out about my savings bond with very limited information about the person who bought it?

When I was born my paternal grandmother bought a savings bond to pay for my college and she died about a year after that. My mom cannot remember that much about my grandmother and she never had her social security number (which the US Treasury requires to find out about a savings bond). I am no longer on speaking terms with my father and I don’t know if he was also put on the savings bond and if so, then I don’t know if he has cashed it already. I would just like to find out whether I have it or not to pay off my student loans.

Asked on March 6, 2012 under Business Law, Texas

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The United States Treasury has forms to make a claim for lost savings bonds. Possibly you can go online through certain search engines concerning the location of your grandmother as to where she passed away and from there you might be able to get her social security number from certain geneology organizations or the county where she passed office of vital statistics.

Another option is for you to contact the United States Treasury Department and the lost savings bond may be able to be cross referenced with your name and social security number. The best way to get answers to your question is to contact the United States Treasury Department.


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