Security Death Index:
Search the SSDI by entering one or more fields in the form and clicking on the "submit" button. Keep in mind that the more fields you fill in, the more restricted your results will be (you may even eliminate the record you are seeking).
You have the option of using the simple or advanced search form. The simple form has less options, but the results will include all the information from the database based on the individuals that matched your criteria. A definition of each field, and tips on maximizing your search, appears on the next page.
If you do not find a listing in the SSDI, it does not mean the person is still living, or that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has no records on the deceased. See "Contacting the SSA for Information" for instructions on requesting information on individuals not in the SSDI.