Social Security Death Index

The Social Security Death Index includes over 89 million U.S. citizen death records. Enjoy free access to the most up-to-date SSDI search for individuals with U.S. Social Security numbers. Search the SSDI online for free now or subscribe for access to billions of other genealogy records.

In compliance with Section 203 ("Restriction on Access to the Death Master File") of the Budget Act of 2013, we are no longer able to display SSDI records for individuals who have died within the previous 3 years. You can learn more here.

Search U.S. SSDI Records (1937–2011)

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About Social Security Death Index

The public Social Security Death Index from the United States Social Security Administration (SSA) currently contains over 89 million death records and is updated weekly. The index is created from records of deceased persons possessing U.S. Social Security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration. Often this was done in connection with filing for death benefits by a family member, an attorney, a mortuary, etc.

GenealogyBank updates the SSDI database each week. The updates include corrections to old death records, as well as new names of the recently deceased. If a person is missing from the index, it may be that the SS death benefit was never requested, an error was made on the form requesting the benefit, or an error was made when entering the information into the SSDI.