Nice Tool Using The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) When You Know The Birthday Of Someone

Hi Everyone!

Linda Valentine, a former very active participant at our Schaumburg Township District Library monthly genealogy programs, made me aware of a very nifty little search tool that can be used with the Social Security Death Index.

If you happen to know the exact date of birth of the ancestor you are interested in researching, you can enter that information into the tool template and then you can look to see if that individual is in fact in the SSDI along with the associated information you seek about their death information.

Using this method you avoid trying to find them by name which could give you far too many results.

I tried this tool using my mother’s date of birth that I know.  Once the search terms were entered in, the tool returns a list of all of those that are in the SSDI having that same birth date.  I just scrolled down the large list of names looking for her first name.  The data is provided in first name sorted order.  I looked for her first name of “Harriet” and there she was with the accompanying information.

At least this tool narrows down the amount of data you find to a pool of possible hits based on birthday.  Many of us know a person’s exact birthday but may not know anything about their death information.  This tool can at least help narrow down your possibilities to do further research with the hits you get back.

The web site mentions other “tools” you can use with the SSDI master index data.

Check this function out as well as the other SSDI tools at the site to help you find your ancestors.

Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Sorted By Birthdate

Thanks to Linda Valentine for sharing this nifty little tool that may help you find your data that exists in the SSDI when perhaps a name search is not helping you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


2 responses to “Nice Tool Using The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) When You Know The Birthday Of Someone

  1. Thank you for having considered an article of mine worthy of mention in your PDF document on genealogy research, Genealogy Group Newsletter No. 195; Dec. 2011. ( This article was posted on (). Knol has closed down, giving us the option of moving the files to WordPress. The transfer was imperfect, and a lot of adjustments need to be made, but if anyone is interested, the URL is

    Yours truly,

    Paul Karl Moeller

    • Hi Paul,

      You are very welcome!

      I saw the article in Family Chronicle authored by Gail Blankenau. She included your web site in her article. I just wanted to make those that attend our genealogy programs aware of your great tool to help read through German handwriting.

      We have many researchers pursuing Germanic genealogy research. Anything I can do to make them aware of great tools and understandings to help them in their research is something I want to do.

      I have Polish background as my own research and I often come across Germanic language written documents for my own ancestral hunting. Your information is very helpful to better understand how to work with German language documents.

      Thank you for commenting.

      Tony Kierna
      Genealogy Coordinator
      Schaumburg Township District Library

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