The Social Security Administration is the custodian of the all death records since 1936. The social security Death Index (SSDI) is the data base preserved in the administration's Death Master File Extract. Death of any person, possessing Social Security Number (SSN) needs to be reported to the Social Security Administration.
Since death records are most recent and updated, experts recommend researchers to kick off their research works with death records. Death records reveal the place of death of one's ancestor and sometimes even the place of burial. Death records are key to success in genealogy study as they provide key information like person's birth, spouse, parents. It is always better for a genealogist to start with death certificates because many of the deceased persons neither have birth nor have marriage certificates.
The death records include: Name and surname; and middle initials since the 1990s Date of birth Month and year of death; or full date of death for accounts active in 2000 or later Social Security number State or territory where the Social Security number was issued Last place of residence while the person was alive (ZIP code)