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From: Gail Collins <>
Subject: [ONTARIO] Searching for US deaths
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 13:33:57 -0400
Searching for US deaths (using given name - not surname)
The Social Security Deaths Index in the US is one of the few nationwide
resources, so it is much used by genealogists (the fact that it's available
free at the Family Search site is a bonus). There are over 90 million
deaths recorded, covering the period 1962-2011, so there's a good
chance of finding relatives who emigrated to the US in the 20th century,
and a somewhat smaller chance of finding anyone who emigrated
in the late 19th century.
Of course, female relatives may have married (and therefore changed their
name) after arrival in the US, and other migrants may have changed the
spelling of their names - so wouldn't it be useful if you could search by
birthdate? Neither the new nor the old FamilySearch site offers this
facility, and whilst you can search on birthdates at Ancestry,
UK members would need a Worldwide subscription to see the full results.
The results are sorted by forename rather than surname, which makes it
easier to find the entry for someone whose surname you don't know.