Death Master File
The information for our Death Records listings comes from the Death Mast File (DMF) database provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA). It contains 92,554,687 Death Records in the United States that occurred between 1936 and 2014. Additional records are added on a monthly basis.
The social security numbers provided on our Death-Records website are also legally obtained, numbers from the Death Master File. These numbers are used by the government, financiers, investigators, credit reporting organizations, and medical researchers for death verification. By methodically running financial, credit, payment, and other applications against the Death Master File, the financial community, insurance companies, security firms, and state and local governments are better able to identify and prevent identify fraud.
The social security numbers on our website are currently hidden behind a log in wall. To see the numbers you simply need to create a free account. You can find step by step directions on how to create an account here. You can also use our social security number search filter on the main page
Editing Incorrect Information
If you believe that the SSA has incorrectly listed someone as deceased (or has incorrect dates/data on the DMF), please contact your local Social Security Office (with proof) to have the error corrected. The local Social Security office will:
1. Make the correction to the main NUMIDENT file at SSA and give the individual a verification document of SSA's current records to use to show any company, recipient/purchaser of the DMF that had the error: OR,
2. Find that SSA already has the correct information on the main NUMIDENT file and DMF (probably corrected sometime prior), and give the individual a verification document of SSA's records to use to show to any company subscriber/purchaser of the DMF that had the error.
More information and original records may be found at the Social Security Administration (SSA) website (http://www.ntis.gov/products/ssa-dmf.aspx).