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How do you access SSDI records for free?

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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.

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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.

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