Thursday, May 19, 2005

Social Security Death Index Listings

From: Jacquelyn Horton
I thought I would ask you this question since numerous people have said I am incorrect. The latest ones swear their mothers or fathers are in the listing but have never drawn a pension. My understanding is that if a person died before drawing a social security pension, they are not on the SSDI listing. Am I correct in this or not?


Sorry, but your friends are correct. The names in the Social Security Death Index got there because their deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration. The individual did NOT have to be receiving benefits to qualify for getting on the list.


"You might want to start by checking out the Social Security Death Index which is available online from a variety of commercial services (usually the search is free). The Death Index contains a listing of persons who had a Social Security number, who are deceased, and whose death was reported to the Social Security Administration. (The information in the Death Index for people who died prior to 1962 is sketchy since SSA's death information was not automated before that date. Death information for persons who died before 1962 is generally only in the Death Index if the death was actually reported to SSA after 1962, even though the death occurred prior to that year.)"


"The Death Master File (DMF) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) currently contains over 74 million records. The current update reflects the latest information provided by the SSA as of March 2005. The file is created from internal SSA records of deceased persons possessing social security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the SSA. Often this was done in connection with filing for death benefits by a family member, an attorney, a mortuary, etc. Each update of the DMF includes corrections to old data as well as additional names. [NOTE: If someone is missing from the list, it may be that the benefit was never requested, an error was made on the form requesting the benefit, or an error was made when entering the information into the SSDI.] "

"...The absence of a particular person in the SSDI is not proof this person is alive. Additionally, there is a possibility that incorrect records of death have been entered on the DMF. The Social Security Administration does not guarantee the accuracy of the file."

PS - Ol' Myrt here will be flying home to Florida tomorrow after 2 glorious weeks with my grandchildren in Phoenix. NEXT PRIORITY? Getting the internet radio show back on the net on a weekly basis!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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