Social Security Death Index (SSDI)

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Reasons for a person not having a Social Security number include being self-employed. In the early years this included the farmers, many doctors, attorneys and other self-employed professionals.

SSDI Contents


The SSDI typically has the following information on the individuals: Month and year of the death, Social Security number State where the number was issued and the last zip code of residence or zip code where the death benefit was sent.

Obtaining Additional Information Beyond the SSDI

  • New in 2015: U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 at Ancestry.com, may be searched for free at Family History Centers.
  • When you find an individual in the SSDi you can request a full copy of their application, which is known as a SS-5. Rootsweb had made the process easy but is now listed under a page at Ancestry.com. After completing a search, you will find a link in the "Tools" column labeled "SS-5 letter." By clicking on the link, you will find a form letter with the name, Social Security Number, and pertinent dates from the Death Index already filled in. You will need to do the following before mailing the request to the SSA:
  • Add your personal contact information to the letter. Add your name, address, and daytime telephone number.
  • Include a check or money order made payable to the Social Security Administration. The SSA also accepts MasterCard, Visa, and Discover credit cards. Include the card number and expiration date if you are using a credit card. The current fee is USD $27 per record when the Social Security Number is known, and USD $29 when the number is unknown or incorrect. You are charged the fee even if the SSA is unable to locate any information on the person. It may take up to six months to receive a report, so please be patient. Ancestry.com has no way to expedite your order, or to determine when it will be sent.

SS-5 Application Contents


The SS-5 application is important to a family history researcher because of the detail it provides. The SS-5 application contains the following information: Applicant's full name, Age at last birthday, Date and place of birth, father and mother's full name (including the mother's maiden name), Gender and date signed and applicant's signature.

Websites to search

  • FamilySearch.org: Social Security Death Index database. Starts in 1962.
  • GenealogyBank. Starts in 1937.
  • Steve Morse Using Stephen P. Morse's web site SSDI web site allows you to search all SSDI websites by typing the information once and switching between the different sites including a few that are not listed here.


Les archives sont souvent stockées ans des coffres forts pour plus de sécurité
Il convient d'utiliser un coffre-fort certifié et un coffre-fort ignifuge pour la sécurisation des données familiales
Les notaires peuvent demander à ouvrir un coffre-fort A2P après enquête si besoin
Le site http://www.infosafe.fr propose ce type de service d’ouverture de coffre-fort pour les successions.

Généralement, un coffre fort familia pourra s'ouvrir en 1 heure