Social Security Death Index

Search the complete Social Security Death Index (SSDI) created from the Social Security Master Death File. The SSDI includes entries from EVERY STATE in the United States and covers deaths in the United States between the 1930s and the present day.


Avoid Road Blocks with Accurate Social Security Death Index Records

Accurate death records will also give clues on where to look for next of kin, including the deceased's spouse, children or siblings.

What if spelling of relative's name changes?

For many reasons records may differ: the spelling of names change or naturalization dates vary. You can bypass these road blocks with death certificate searches on, which are more often accurate due to the release of the information close to the event. Using online death records will help ensure that the spelling of a family member’s name are correct, even when other records differ.

Pro tip:

Our site can also search on name variants. This means if the spelling of a name has changed over
time, or the name was incorrectly transcribed ( happens more often than you would think), the name variants option will improve chances for better results. Then use the options in the left hand navigation (limit by year, region, type of record) to narrow your search results dramatically.