However, because the documents held by the Social Security Administration are government records, it is required to make the information public under the Freedom of Information Act FOIA. A recent government audit revealed that the Social Security Administration had incorrectly listed 23, people as dead in a two-year period.
These people have sometimes faced difficulties in convincing government agencies that they are actually alive; a story in the Nashville area focused on a woman who was incorrectly flagged as dead in the Social Security computers in and has had difficulties, such as having health insurance canceled and electronically filed tax returns rejected.
This story also noted that people in this situation can be highly vulnerable to identity theft because of the release of their Social Security numbers. In November , due to privacy and identity theft concerns, the Social Security Administration redacted and no longer included death data derived from State sources.
The Social Security Death Index
On December 18, , Ancestry. Some of their originally free information is now available via paid subscription only. In March , the entire Death Master File , edition of November 30, , was made available for download.
Updates are also available by a subscription service. However, prices for both the full file and the updates are in the business-only range, not what most hobbyists such as amateur genealogists would be willing to pay. ZIP Code.
Start at the end. Our social security death index records are integrated with the other GenealogyBank online collections for the most robust family history research tool. Social Security Death Index Search Tips Name searches in the Social Security Death Index are processed against three fields of data—the first and last names of the deceased, and his or her middle initial or name.
Only the first letters of first names are shown in the death index records and only middle initials are recorded. To search for ancestors with names more than 12 letters use only the first 12 letters to avoid getting an incorrect not found error.
Enter your ancestor's name below and we'll search SSDI to help you learn more.
Search for your married female ancestors by their married names vs. Keep in mind that before Social Security numbers SSNs were linked to death records, someone might be missing from the index if the Social Security death benefit was never requested, there was an error on the form requesting the Social Security benefit, or an error was made when entering the information into the SSDI database. This can be done separately from, or together with, applying for a gender change. You will need to submit an Application for a Social Security Card, proof of your identity and citizenship or immigration status, as well as acceptable proof of the name change.
In general, SSA will accept any of the following as proof of a name change:.
The new card will be sent to you in the mail, as will any original documents submitted with your application. Note: Marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership certificates showing a name change can be used so long as they are recognized by the issuing state.
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Locally-issued domestic partnership certificates not recognized by a state cannot be used for this purpose. Social Security recognizes as valid any marriage that was recognized under state law as being a valid marriage when it was entered into. Social Security looks to state law and government-issued documents such as birth certificates and court orders to determine marital status — it is not based on the gender marker in your Social Security record.
Social Security employees are instructed to treat transgender customers with respect, including using appropriate pronouns, and to not ask unrelated personal questions. If you believe you have been subject to discriminatory treatment by an SSA office or staff, you may file a formal complaint of discrimination with SSA. SSA accepts complaints of discrimination in services and programs based on race, color, national origin including English language ability , religion, sex including gender identity , sexual orientation, age, disability, or in retaliation for filing a complaint.
The purpose of this process is not to provide compensation but to resolve unfair actions and prevent future incidents.