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What is Social Security Death Index?

What No One Ever Tells You About Social Security Death Index

Imagine the predicament and helplessness of not being able to access what is rightfully yours, for want of confirmation and information! Now, with the Social Security Death Index in place, there is help for survivors.
OpinionFront Staff
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018
Social security death Index is a database that covers recorded deaths. The information stored for access is vital to many inquiries and procedures, after a person's demise. Most family complications arise after the death of a member, especially if the member was associated with any benefit to the survivors. This index is one of the largest information centers.
The index maintains a record of entries like the complete name, date of birth and death, social security number, and other vital information of the deceased. It covers more than 55 million entries. In the event of a doubt about the whereabouts of a relative or a friend who went off the hook, you can easily access the database and confirm or eliminate the possibility of the person's death. It can be accessed online too and its 24x7 availability enables you to further the inquiry within the comfort and privacy of your home.
The online resource is detailed and in no way subservient to a brick and mortar search. The resource displays specific instructions and very helpful 'search tips'. The most convenient part is that, you don't even need to fill in all the spaces provided or type in 'indicators' within all the slots provided. All you have to do to is enter the name of the person. However, a few guidelines make the search fruitful. In case of being unsure about the spelling of the name, you simply have to type in a question mark in the place of the alphabet you are unsure of. The 'soundex' option is very innovative, though the feedback could be too much to handle.
If you are still not sure on the spelling, you could further the effort by filling the other information. It is important to note that, long spellings for names are truncated most often in the records. The moment the search is over and the details verified; you can automatically generate a request for a copy of the person's social security number. This request is sorted via the records of the Social Security Administration and by clicking on the provided space, the person's name and the social security number are displayed.
The index is very crucial to a surviving spouse or a disabled child. The possible benefits can enable the survivors to benefit from what was set aside for them by the deceased person. Once you access the desired information from the index resource, all you have to do is print it and send it across to the authorities concerned.