Using Treasury Hunt to find forgotten Savings Bonds

Friday, May 19th, 2006
Categorized as: Inheriting and bequeathing US Savings BondsLost or stolen US Savings Bonds

The Treasury has an online system called Treasury Hunt that allows you to search for Savings Bonds that you may have forgotten about or that were lost in the mail.

However, the system has important limits. It contains only:

  • most of the $13 billion worth of outstanding stinker bonds – but not the oldest ones
  • undeliverable bonds returned by the Post Office since 1996 (at the rate of about 15,000 bonds a year)
  • in addition to Savings Bonds, the system includes marketable Treasury securities and interest checks (25,000 a year) returned by the Post Office

If a security is still earning interest and wasn’t returned to the Treasury by the Post Office, it won’t be in Treasury Hunt, even if you don’t know where it is.

If you are the Executor of an estate, it makes sense to enter the decedent’s Social Secuity Number in the system to see if anything turns up.

And that’s all there is to it. Ready? Here’s the link to Treasury Hunt.

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On April 26th, 2008 david said:

if my grandma died and she had bonds for me with mine and her name on them. now my aunt wont give them to me. Dose she have to or can she spend them or how do i get them back?

On May 8th, 2008 Colleen Tucker said:

How can my husband find out if his parents, who both died in 1991, left any US Savings Bonds no one found when we cleared out their house?

On May 9th, 2008 Tom Adams said:

David and Colleen – on this page, scroll up and look on the right for a link that says “Ask the Treasury”. Click it and send a note directly to the Savings Bonds team at the Treasury, who will tell you how to get started.

Tom Adams

On May 14th, 2008 Denise said:

David you do the same. I encountered a simular problem. The treasury may be able to reissue the bonds to you at another address. Are you of legal age?Sometimes people keep the bonds until you reach a certain age. For example my youngest daughter is too young to hold onto her bonds so they are kept safe until she is of a responsible nature. But again, direct your concerns to the treasury. Best wishes everyone.

On May 21st, 2008 Lana Turow said:

How do I find if I still have savings bonds?And how do i find out how to get them or what they are worth?

On May 22nd, 2008 Tom Adams said:

Lana – the info you’re looking for is here.

On May 27th, 2008 ronnie burris said:

i bought bonds in 1972 in the us marines corps, don”t know where they are XXX-XX-XXXX could you let me know if they are still on file.
thanks, ronnie burris from south carolina.

On May 27th, 2008 Tom Adams said:

Ronnie – The information you need is here.

Tom Adams

On December 30th, 2008 kristi phillips said:

My father purchased four $1000 saving bonds many years ago and someone stole them from my home. I dont know when the bond were purchase and they were purchase under my maiden name.

On January 2nd, 2009 Tom Adams said:

Kristi – the information you’re looking for is here.

Tom Adams

On June 3rd, 2009 Terrie Mills said:

my husband and i are getting a divorce. many bonds were bought over the years with joint money. the names on the bonds may have my husbands name on it only or both names (mine & his). I have the total that the bonds were worth (2 years ago) and wrote this down but I did not record the serial numbers or exact amounts. How do I find out about our bonds, whether they have been cashed or still exist, since he is trying to hide this asset.

On June 4th, 2009 Tom Adams said:

Terrie – the information you’re looking for is here.

Tom Adams

On July 28th, 2009 Diana DeCesaris said:

Hello. I was given about ten or more savings bonds as a child (years 1975-1970) by different relatives. My mother lost all of these savings bonds in a move from one house to another ten years ago. Most of the relatives who gave me these savings bonds have died and I do not know their social security numbers and doubt that they knew mine when they purchased them for me. Is there any way to trace them by name or is this hopeless? Thanks.

On July 29th, 2009 Tom Adams said:

Diana – Your last name is unusual enough that there’s a good chance the Treasury can find them by name alone. Follow the process outlined on my page about having lost bonds reissued.

Tom Adams

On September 10th, 2009 sue stang said:

My Father died in 1992 left a $50 Savings Bond that
we just came across. My Mother died in 2006, now
what do I need to do to cash this Bond in?

On September 11th, 2009 Tom Adams said:

Sue – If your parents’ estates weren’t handled by a probate court, you can use this form, but you’ll have to split the money with your siblings.

Tom Adams

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Virtually every question about Savings Bonds has been asked and answered on this site multiple times. Use the search feature (see the box in the gray area near the top of this page) or the detailed menu on the lower part of the home page to find the information you're looking for. If you have a copy of Savings Bond Advisor, you can ask me a question here.

Tom Adams

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