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US Social Security Death Index (SSDI) / The Basics...
Most everyone in the United States gets a Social Security Number (SSN) issued from
the government at some point in their life (now automatically at birth), and the
SSN serves as the one of the primary (and private) unique means of identification
for all U.S. Citizens. Once a person dies and their death is officially reported
to the U. S. Social Security Administration (SSA), their SSN and other related information
are added to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), and becomes public information
(and their SSN no longer usable). There are several places on the Internet where
you can search the SSDI database -
SSDI / The Challenges...
SSDI / The Advantages...
SSDI / The SS-
Ancestry.com also has a companion database called the “U.S., Social Security Applications
and Claims Index, 1936-