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.
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.
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