The Social Security Death Index - Online Searching
Social Security Death Index - Online Searching
Here are three popular ways to search the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) online. Two of these are free to search. Genealogy Bank and Ancestry usually update their Social Security Death Indexes weekly. The SSDI at FamilySearch is generally updated quarterly. Rootsweb's SSDI is currently offline.
- Social Security Death Index - Genealogy Bank
(free to search - at Genealogy Bank) over 90 million records - includes entries to early May 2013; Genealogy Bank also has a fee-based subscription service that includes recent obituaries and historical newspapers
Social Security Death Index - More Information
- Social Security Death Index - Ancestry (requires payment - part of an Ancestry subscription) more than 91 million records - updated to include early May 2013 listings; Ancestry also has census records and many other genealogy databases
The Social Security Death Index was created from the Social Security Administration's Death Master File. It lists people whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Adminsitration starting about 1962 (there are a few deaths listed prior to 1962). After finding someone in the Social Security Death Index you can then order a copy of the person's SS-5 form from the Social Security Administration for a fee. The SS-5 is the form a person filled out when they applied for a Social Security Card. For more details about the Social Security Death Index see...