Social Security Death Index Search Tips
Social Security Death Index Search by First and Last Name
- Name searches in the Social Security Death Index are processed against three fields of data—the first and last names of the deceased, and his or her middle initial or name.
What Distinguishes GenealogyBank's Version of the SSDI?
- GenealogyBank is the ONLY U.S. Social Security Death Index database that is updated WEEKLY.
- We have integrated the searching of SSDI records with the other online database collections in GenealogyBank.
- By searching in both the SSDI and newspaper obituaries, GenealogyBank provides 98% of recent annual U.S. deaths with the full text of obituaries and death notices for more than 85% of recent annual recorded deaths in the U.S.
- The data is provided by reliable and authoritative sources and includes the full text of obituaries and death notices for matching and checking names of the deceased.
- For example, if you type in a name of the deceased, you will receive an integrated search result that includes the obituary or death notice along with the same name that is in the SSDI database making it easier to verify if this is the same person.
- In addition to searching names in GenealogyBank, you can limit a search in the SSDI data:
- by birth/death date or year
- by zip code wildcard (i.e., 051*)
What Information Can You Find in the SSDI Database?
Our version of the SSDI database contains more than 90 million unique names. The following information about each person can be found:
- Name of deceased
- Social Security number
- Date of birth, including the day of the week
- Date of death, including the day of the week
- Age at death (years, months, days)
- State or country of residence (for February 1988 and prior years)
- State in which the Social Security card was issued (March 1988 to current)
- Zip code of place of last residence
- Longitude and latitude of place of last residence
- Zip code of lump sum final payment
- Determination if the entry had been confirmed by the Social Security Administration
The Social Security Deathfile Index (SSDI), is the index prepared by the Social Security Administration to track the deaths of U.S. citizens who held a Social Security card or had a railroad pension. In the beginning, the government agency relied on the families of the deceased to report a person's death, but, now death certificates require the recording of the Social Security number. This information is automatically sent by each state to the Social Security Administration, providing a nearly comprehensive list of all deaths in the U.S. and for American citizens who died abroad.
How Can the Combined Death Data Be Used?
Verifying That Someone Is Dead
- Such data provides closure and verification that a person is deceased. Family members, friends, organizations, churches, schools, academic institutions, insurers and businesses are all interested in this information.
- This data enables family members and friends of the deceased people to find and connect with other living family members by checking the listings in the obituary or death notice.
- This data makes it easy to confirm the dates of birth and death of an ancestor, to locate the last residence of a specific ancestor, and to find out where an ancestor lived when the Social Security card was issued. Combined with their obituary or death notice, you will find detailed information about the deceased, such as their career, hobbies, civic associations, academic affiliations and a list of close relatives. This information provides more pieces of the puzzle for finding out more about your family history.