Enter a first and/or last name to search the Social Security Death Index. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the Social Security Death Index from a single place. Additional information on about the Social Security Death Index is available below.
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The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is a list of deceased persons who had been assigned a Social Security Number.
The SSDI generally contains names of social security applicants who died after 1962. Applicants who died before 1962 may or may not be in the SSDI. Prior to 1962, the reporting of deaths to the Social Security Administration was not an automated process.
The SSDI was initially created to provide local governing agencies, banks, insurance companies, and crediting agencies with information on deceased persons, so that they could make adjustments to their records.
It has since become a popular research aid for genealogy researchers providing them with valuable information, primarily the names of an applicant's father and mother.
Researchers often discover conflicting information about an applicant's parents, when they receive a copy of the SS-5 Form. When a person dies, they often modify their identity or associate themselves with different people. Thus comparing information from SS-5 forms with that from cemeteries or other genealogy records can be startling.
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The Social Security Application Form ( Form SS-5 )
The SS-5 Form is used to apply for a Social Security Card.
Genealogists should request a copy of the SS-5 form for every deceased ancestor and relative that applied for a Social Security Number. Even though a decedent may not be listed in the SSDI, there may be very likely be an SS-5 form on file for them. The form will provide valulable genealogical information, including:
How to Request a Copy of the SS-5 Form
Submit a written letter requesting a copy of the "SS-5 Form" to the Social Security Administration. Such requests are officially classified as a "Freedom of Information Act" (FOIA) request, and as such, must be submitted in writing, on paper, and with your signature. For additional information, visit the Social Security Administration's Guide to FOIA Requests.
Submit the letter with payment to:
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