Social Security Death index

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is a tool that is provided by the United States Social Security Administration. The SSDI is generated from the U. S. Social Security Administration's Death Master File and contains vital information for over 76 million people from as early as the 1900s. Most people who have died since 1962, had a Social Security Number (SSN) and whose death has been reported to the Social Security Administration will be listed in the Social Security Death Index. Using the SSDI, you can find such information as the Date of Birth, Date of Death, Last Residence, and Social Security Number. It is an invaluable tool in researching anyone who has died.



SSDI Searching Tips

If you know the information, please be as specific as possible to avoid a large number of results If you are unable to find someone, please try the following
  • Change dates around (e.g. instead of searching for 5 Oct 1954 [10/5/54], search for 10 May 1954 [5/10/54])
  • Change years around (e.g. 1984 becomes 1948)
  • Use all other possible spellings of the name (and perhaps some that aren't so likely)
  • Switch last name and first name around
  • Try searching for a middle name as a first name
  • Even if you know a piece of information, try omitting it (e.g. if you know first and last name and death date, try leaving off the first name).
Sources: Wikipedia, Rootsweb,