Monday, 30 December 2013

SSDI restrictions now implemented in US law

For those tracing ancestry in the United States, a major change has just been implemented into US Federal Law concerning the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), a useful genealogical tool widely used in America. It will now no longer be possible to order a SS-5 form for an individual to look up full details for their entry within three years of their death, whilst no new deaths will be recorded on the SSDI from 26 MAR 2014. The existing online platforms currently hosting the index will continue to do so.

The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, who has been reporting on these forthcoming changes for some time now, has the full story at


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from (print) and (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at

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