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==== Style Guide  ====
 
==== Style Guide  ====
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For guidelines to use in creating wiki articles that describe collections of images and indexes produced by FamilySearch, see: [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|FamilySearch Wiki: Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages ]]  
 
For guidelines to use in creating wiki articles that describe collections of images and indexes produced by FamilySearch, see: [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|FamilySearch Wiki: Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages ]]  
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== Collection Time Period<br>  ==
 
== Collection Time Period<br>  ==
This index covers death events from 1962 to 2005 and a few from 1937 to 1961.
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This index covers death events from 1962 to 2005 and a few from 1937 to 1961.  
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== How to Use the Records<br>  ==
 
== How to Use the Records<br>  ==
Name indexes make it possible to access specific information quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.
 
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
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Name indexes make it possible to access specific information quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.
The place where the death occurred.
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The approximate date of the death.
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When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:<br>
The name of the deceased.
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*&nbsp; The place where the death occurred.<br>
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*&nbsp;The approximate date of the death. <br>
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*&nbsp;The name of the deceased.
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Follow these steps to use the index. <br>
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#Enter your ancestor’s first and last names in the appropriate fields. Be aware that married women are usually listed under their married names. <br>
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#Enter a birth year or death year. For common names enter a year range. <br>
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#If there are no results, try variant spellings of the names. <br>
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#Follow the additional instructions on the screen for search tips and to learn how to request a copy of the person’s original application.<br>
  
Follow these steps to use the index.
 
1. Enter your ancestor’s first and last names in the appropriate fields. Be aware that married women are usually listed under their married names.
 
2. Enter a birth year or death year. For common names enter a year range.
 
3. If there are no results, try variant spellings of the names.
 
4. Follow the additional instructions on the screen for search tips and to learn how to request a copy of the person’s original application.
 
 
Compare the information in the index to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
 
Compare the information in the index to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example: <br>
Use the death date and place to obtain a death certificate. The death certificate may lead you to mortuary, funeral, or church records
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Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find your ancestor’s birth records and parents' names.
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*Use the death date and place to obtain a death certificate. The death certificate may lead you to mortuary, funeral, or church records <br>
If your ancestor was born before 1930 you can use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find your ancestor’s birth records and parents' names.<br>
Use the residence to locate church and land records.
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*If your ancestor was born before 1930 you can use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records. <br>
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*Use the residence to locate church and land records.
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Keep in mind:
  
Keep in mind:
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*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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*&nbsp;There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.  
There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
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*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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*The index only includes the names of deceased individuals whose deaths were reported to Social Security. You may also want to do the following;  
The index only includes the names of deceased individuals whose deaths were reported to Social Security.
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*Search the index to see if other family members are also listed. These might include the father, the mother, brothers, and sisters.  
You may also want to do the following;
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*Search the index to see if earlier or later generations are also listed. These might include aunts, uncles, grandparents, or children.
Search the index to see if other family members are also listed. These might include the father, the mother, brothers, and sisters.
 
Search the index to see if earlier or later generations are also listed. These might include aunts, uncles, grandparents, or children.
 
  
 
== Record Description<br>  ==
 
== Record Description<br>  ==
The index is an online searchable database. It only includes the names of deceased individuals whose deaths were reported to Social Security.
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The index is an online searchable database. It only includes the names of deceased individuals whose deaths were reported to Social Security.  
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=== Record Content<br>  ===
 
=== Record Content<br>  ===
The index includes the following information:
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*Name of the deceased (Married women are usually listed by their married name.
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The index includes the following information:  
*Birth date
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*Death date
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*Name of the deceased (Married women are usually listed by their married name.  
*Social Security number
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*Birth date  
*State or territory where the Social Security number was issued
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*Death date  
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*Social Security number  
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*State or territory where the Social Security number was issued  
 
*Death residence Zip code and corresponding localities
 
*Death residence Zip code and corresponding localities
  
 
== Record History<br>  ==
 
== Record History<br>  ==
This index is a master index file of deaths reported to the Social Security Administration. It has been kept since 1962, when operations were computerized. The index includes about 50 percent of deceased persons from 1962 to 1971 and about 85 percent of the deceased persons from 1972 to 2005. It also includes a few deaths from 1937 to 1961. As of 2005, the index contained 76 million death records.
 
  
The Social Security Administration provides an extract from its file for distribution through the Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service. Because this extracted file deals with deceased persons, the information is considered to be public domain. Several organizations have purchased this file and posted it to their Web sites.
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This index is a master index file of deaths reported to the Social Security Administration. It has been kept since 1962, when operations were computerized. The index includes about 50 percent of deceased persons from 1962 to 1971 and about 85 percent of the deceased persons from 1972 to 2005. It also includes a few deaths from 1937 to 1961. As of 2005, the index contained 76 million death records.
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The Social Security Administration provides an extract from its file for distribution through the Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service. Because this extracted file deals with deceased persons, the information is considered to be public domain. Several organizations have purchased this file and posted it to their Web sites.  
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=== Why This Collection Was Created?  ===
 
=== Why This Collection Was Created?  ===
The administration was created in 1936 and began issuing Social Security numbers to track the earnings that workers reported for retirement benefits. In 1961 the Internal Revenue Service began using Social Security numbers to identify taxpayers.
 
  
=== Record Reliability ===
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The administration was created in 1936 and began issuing Social Security numbers to track the earnings that workers reported for retirement benefits. In 1961 the Internal Revenue Service began using Social Security numbers to identify taxpayers.
The death date, death residence, Social Security number, and state of issue is usually reliable since it comes directly from the Social Security Administration’s master file. However, realize that errors may have occurred when the information was originally entered. Information listed for the name and birth date was provided by an informant and may be inaccurate.
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=== Record Reliability ===
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The death date, death residence, Social Security number, and state of issue is usually reliable since it comes directly from the Social Security Administration’s master file. However, realize that errors may have occurred when the information was originally entered. Information listed for the name and birth date was provided by an informant and may be inaccurate.  
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== Related Web Sites  ==
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related web sites here.
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This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related web sites here.  
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related web sites here.
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This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related web sites here.  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
 
  
Please add sample citations to this article following the format guidelines in the wiki article listed above.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
Examples of citations:
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Please add sample citations to this article following the format guidelines in the wiki article listed above. Examples of citations:  
  
 
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71  
 
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71  
 
*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
 
*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
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==== Style Guide  ====
 
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== Sources of Information for This Collection:  ==
 
== Sources of Information for This Collection:  ==
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Social Security Death Index, database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/); from Social Security Administration. Online database, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah  
 
Social Security Death Index, database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/); from Social Security Administration. Online database, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah  
  
 
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Style Guide

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Collection Time Period

This index covers death events from 1962 to 2005 and a few from 1937 to 1961.

How to Use the Records

Name indexes make it possible to access specific information quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  •   The place where the death occurred.
  •  The approximate date of the death.
  •  The name of the deceased.

Follow these steps to use the index.

  1. Enter your ancestor’s first and last names in the appropriate fields. Be aware that married women are usually listed under their married names.
  2. Enter a birth year or death year. For common names enter a year range.
  3. If there are no results, try variant spellings of the names.
  4. Follow the additional instructions on the screen for search tips and to learn how to request a copy of the person’s original application.

Compare the information in the index to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use the death date and place to obtain a death certificate. The death certificate may lead you to mortuary, funeral, or church records
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find your ancestor’s birth records and parents' names.
  • If your ancestor was born before 1930 you can use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence to locate church and land records.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  •  There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  • If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • The index only includes the names of deceased individuals whose deaths were reported to Social Security. You may also want to do the following;
  • Search the index to see if other family members are also listed. These might include the father, the mother, brothers, and sisters.
  • Search the index to see if earlier or later generations are also listed. These might include aunts, uncles, grandparents, or children.

Record Description

The index is an online searchable database. It only includes the names of deceased individuals whose deaths were reported to Social Security.

Record Content

The index includes the following information:

  • Name of the deceased (Married women are usually listed by their married name.
  • Birth date
  • Death date
  • Social Security number
  • State or territory where the Social Security number was issued
  • Death residence Zip code and corresponding localities

Record History

This index is a master index file of deaths reported to the Social Security Administration. It has been kept since 1962, when operations were computerized. The index includes about 50 percent of deceased persons from 1962 to 1971 and about 85 percent of the deceased persons from 1972 to 2005. It also includes a few deaths from 1937 to 1961. As of 2005, the index contained 76 million death records.

The Social Security Administration provides an extract from its file for distribution through the Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service. Because this extracted file deals with deceased persons, the information is considered to be public domain. Several organizations have purchased this file and posted it to their Web sites.

Why This Collection Was Created?

The administration was created in 1936 and began issuing Social Security numbers to track the earnings that workers reported for retirement benefits. In 1961 the Internal Revenue Service began using Social Security numbers to identify taxpayers.

Record Reliability

The death date, death residence, Social Security number, and state of issue is usually reliable since it comes directly from the Social Security Administration’s master file. However, realize that errors may have occurred when the information was originally entered. Information listed for the name and birth date was provided by an informant and may be inaccurate.

Related Web Sites

This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related web sites here.

Related Wiki Articles

This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related web sites here.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections

Please add sample citations to this article following the format guidelines in the wiki article listed above. Examples of citations:

  • United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023

How Has This Article Helped You?

Send us your story

Style Guide

For guidelines to use in creating wiki articles that describe collections of images and indexes produced by FamilySearch, see: FamilySearch Wiki: Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages

Sources of Information for This Collection:

Social Security Death Index, database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/); from Social Security Administration. Online database, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah



We welcome your assistance in adding source citation information for individual archives when collection data was collected from various sources or archives. The format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections