As of 2014, the only websites that still allow free access to records from the Social Security Death Index are FamilySearch, GeneologyBank, Mocavo, Family Tree Legends, Tom Alciere's Social Security Death Master File and Steve Morse's Searching the SSDI in One Step. These sites allow direct access to death records from more than 77 million Americans who died after 1962.Continue Reading
Depending on the site, it may not be possible to access more recent records, as not all the sites are up to date. For instance, Mocavo's only has records up until 2010, and Family Tree Legends does not contain any records for at least the previous 10 years. FamilySearch usually has the most up-to-date records, as the site is updated every few months. However, it does not provide social security numbers for any deaths that occurred within the last two or three years, and GeneologyBank doesn't include social security numbers at all.
The Social Security Death Index is not an exhaustive list of death records; it includes only individuals whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration. Although not all records are complete, they usually include date of birth, date of death, full legal name, last known residence and which state issued the social security number.Learn more about Public Records
Copies of SSDI award letters can be requested online through a My Social Security account. They can be mailed to a home address or printed at home. For those without Internet access, SSDI letters can be obtained at the local Social Security office. There is no cost associated with printing an SSDI award letter.Full Answer >
FamilySearch has created a searchable database of census records from 1790 through 1940. The database allows searching by name, census year and location. While the search results return transcribed information, it is also possible to view images of the original records.Full Answer >
The Mormon church holds significant genealogical records, including an index of the 1880 United States Census; records of immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island between 1882 and 1924; and the Social Security Death Index, which records deaths of individuals since 1962. Many of the physical records are held in the Granite Mountain Records Vault in the Wasatch mountain range in Utah, which is climate controlled and designed to withstand a nuclear explosion.Full Answer >
To request public social security records, go to the official website for Social Security's Freedom of Information Act, select "Make a FOIA Request" and fill out the eForm detailing the requested information. This information requested may cost a fee, which is not payable online.Full Answer >