Social Security Death Index access to change

Legislation signed by President Obama on Dec. 26, 2013 will restrict the general public’s access to the Social Security Death Master File, often referred to as the Social Security Death Index.

In Section 203 of H.J. Res. 59, the legislation directs the Secretary of Commerce to establish a program that will restrict access to the Social Security Death Index. This free database has been an emormous help to genealogists because it contains a person’s dates of birth and death, location where the Social Security card was issued and the state where the last benefit check was paid.

The legislation will restrict access to the death index for the three years following a person’s death. The program is intended to take effect within 90 days of enactment.

When a relative’s family did not place an obituary in the newspaper, this was the go-to source to find out a date of death. It is a shame that this will no longer be available as a resource for current death information.

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