Genealogy.com
Starting Sept. 30, 2014, Genealogy.com will be making a big change. GenForum message boards, Family Tree Maker homepages, and the most popular articles will be preserved in a read-only format, while several other features will no longer be available, including member subscriptions and the Shop.
 
Learn more
All Genealogy.com content is available again, although some site features (notably User Home Page indexes) remain slow to load. We will continue posting updates as more details are available.
 
We apologize for the inconvenience.
New? Start Here
Genealogy How-To
 Getting Started
 Getting Organized
 Developing Your Research Skills
 Sharing Your Family's Story
 Reference Guide
 Biography Assistant
Free Genealogy Classes
 Beginning Genealogy
 Internet Genealogy
 Tracing Immigrant Origins
Search

Family Finder
First Name:
Middle:
Last:
 
* Finding a birth date with the Social Security Death Index

With the Social Security Death Index, you can get information regarding an individual's birth date, death date, Social Security number, state/county code of residence, last residence zip code, and the zip code where the death benefit lump sum payment was sent.

In addition, with a name, the Social Security number that you get from the Social Security Death Index, and $7, you can obtain a copy of the individual's original application for a Social Security card. This often contains much information of genealogical interest. Write to:

Freedom of Information Officer
4-H-8 Annex Bldg.
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235

You can find out right now if your ancestors are listed in the Social Security Death Index without even leaving your computer! This free search can help you by telling you if your ancestor is actually listed in the Social Security Death Index. Once you find a listing for your ancestor, you can instantly create a letter requesting a copy of their application for a Social Security card (Form SS5) by clicking "Write It"

You also can access the Social Security Death Index in several other places. For example, many larger libraries have the Social Security Death Index on CD-ROM. In addition, you can use the index through the FamilySearch computer. This a computer system at the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Social Security Death Index is also available at the National Archives and some of the regional branches of the National Archives. Contact your local branch of the National Archives to find out whether or not they have the Social Security Death Index before you make a special trip. For addresses and phone numbers of the National Archives and each of the regional branches, see the topic National Archives. You can also purchase the Social Security Death Index on CD-ROM through selected software and genealogy product resellers.

"How-To" Guide Menu
Return to the Main Menu of the Genealogy "How-To" Guide

Home | Help | About Us | Site Index | Terms of Service | PRIVACY
© 2011 Ancestry.com