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Can you search Social Security death records online?

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The government's National Technical Information Service publishes the Social Security Administration's death index online. Several private companies have purchased access to the death index and provide access on their sites for free, including Ancestry.com, DeathIndexes.com and Family Search.

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The death master file is a listing of deaths that have been reported to the Social Security Administration. There are currently over 89 million records in the file, and the file is updated weekly. The absence of a person in the file is not proof that they are alive. Accuracy of the file is not guaranteed by the SSA.

When searching the death master file, include as much detail as possible to reduce the number of records the query produces.

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