Sunday, September 28, 2008

Can't find what you are looking for in the Social Security Death Index at one site? Try another website

I have found that when you are searching for death information via the Social Security Death Index, you sometimes might have to visit a couple of different sites to find what you need. For instance, one website provides more information than the others (, but other websites will provide better search results if you have limited information ( So, here's Jirene's list of websites for conducting your Social Security Death Index searches (all are free): - SSDI webpage. They also advertise weekly updates. - SSDI webpage - SSDI webpage - SSDI webpage - SSDI webpage

NOTE: Though now hosts, conducting a search from the site still produces a different search results page that may be helpful to your research.

March 8, 2010 update:  While assisting a patron at the Phoenix Family History Library on Saturday, I realized I should add one more tip for this page which I thought was a "given," but to some this is not always a given:  When researching women's death dates using the SSDI, use their married name (not their maiden name)!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Just Getting Started?

Just getting started, but don't know where to start? This web page is a great place to start: How to Start Your Family History, by

You'll also find forms to help you get started, along with free software.


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