Social Security Death Records is a national death registry where you can search for people who have died, and often are the link to filling in missing pieces of information for those who are searching family history.
The Social Security Act was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 14, 1935. For the first time taxes was collect in January 1937. Regular ongoing monthly benefits started in January 1940. Social security cards were issued beginning in 1936, but the U.S. only began compiling (SSDI) since 1962.
Social security cards were issued beginning in 1936, but the U.S. only began compiling (SSDI) since 1962. The SSDI lists the names of people with a social security number who died, and whose death was reported to the Social Security Administration. If you can find a family member on this listing, you may be able tosee their full name, birth date and date of death, last known place of residence, social security number and state where issued.
What information is on the death record?
The death record with social security includes given name and surname. The middle name was just included since the 1990’s. It will also have your date of birth, month and year of death, social security number and state where the social security card was issued. It also lists the last known address when the person lived by zip code.
If you find a person that you are looking for on the SSDI, you can request a copy of the Application for a Social Security Number (Form SS-5) that he/she filled out. This application was filled out by the applicant (the person that you are researching) and may list his/her complete name, birth date, place of birth, age at time of application, parents’ names, address and phone number at time of application, sex, race and if the individual had ever applied previously for a social security, railroad or tax account number.
The Social Security Death Index can be searched for free at various locations online.
Free Social Security Death Index
The New York Times recently reported how the government is limiting access to social security death records with issues about identity theft. The biggest problem occurring with this information easily accessed is that criminals are taking the Social Security numbers and creating false identities to defraud business and banks but opening up accounts in the dead person’s number and running up credit cards charge and not pay them.
There certainly are some valid complaints about having so much information accessible to the general public when there are bad people out there who want to use the information to take advantage of the situation.