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From: "Kathie Harrison" <>
Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] ssdi
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 22:56:32 -0600
The Social Security Death Index is just an index of deaths but to
access more information you must contact the Social Security
Administration by filling out a request and you must pay them for a
search of the application of the person listed. You also must be
directly related to the deceased. Only the index shows the basic free
information which is the birth and death dates but sometimes the death
only lists the month and year and not an exact date and is only found
online if the family officially reported the death.
Read the FAQ's for the SSDI: http://helpdesk.rootsweb.com/ssdi/
The SSDI does not include death records for everyone who has been
issued a Social Security Number (card). Common reasons for exclusion
include the following:
The death was not reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
The death occurred before the Death Master File was maintained in a
computer database. About 98 percent of the deaths in this database
occurred between 1962 and the present.
The person did not participate in the Social Security program.
Survivor death benefits were (are) being paid to dependents or spouse.
A recent death may not be indexed yet.
Human error. (Before you give up, read the section titled "Missing
Entries in the SSDI.")
If you do not find a listing in the SSDI, it does not mean the person
is still living, or that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has
no records on the deceased. See "Contacting the SSA for Information"
for instructions on requesting information on individuals not in the
On Nov 25, 2007 8:39 PM, <> wrote:
> I too would appreciate HOW TO CONNECT TO THE SSI
> When I get the names..I Click on it and they say TO GET THE INFORMATION
> YOU NEED TO JOIN AND PPAY A FEE OR WORDS LIKE IT.
> Please help...As I would like to try and find several people who have soc
> sec numbers
> Tom T
Take care, Kathie Harrison