How Do You Perform a Social Security Death Index Search?


Quick Answer

Search more than 89 million death records from 1935 to 2014 in the Social Security Death Index on Ancestry.com. Input as much information as possible to view ancestors who died in the United States and who had a Social Security benefit.

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  1. Fill in the blanks

    Input data into each blank on the form, including given names, surname, birth date, birth location, death date, death location, vital events such as marriage and any keywords associated with the person. Military service units are good keywords to include in a search.

  2. View a list of records

    Click Search to view a list of possible records. The more information you have, the better chances one of your records contains the correct data. Some listed records have more specific information not included with your original search, such as the county of death. If you just know a person's name but are unsure of a death location, Ancestry.com gives that information to you within the list of possible records.

  3. Sign up with Ancestry.com

    To view an entire record in the SSDI, you must sign up for Ancestry.com's services. As of November 2014, a six-month subscription is available for $16.50 per month or a one-month subscription for $19.99. Both of these options begin after a 14-day free trial. Input your name, email address, password and then billing information to start a free trial and view entire SSDI records.

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