Family Trees

Randy Black tells us about the social security death index (SSDI): The SSDI lists nearly everyone who ever lived in the US, died, and who had a social security number. Of course, if they died prior to the social security act, they would not be in the index. Additionally, on the chance that you’re thinking “the military didn’t use social security numbers,” you would be right and wrong. All military serial numbers that were assigned to members of the US military were converted to social security numbers after 1959, courtesy of an Act signed into law by President Eisenhower, who got his SS# at age 69. The SSDI can be found at It’s free.

RH: I checked out the site and it does more than Randy says.  You can trace back your family tree. If any WAISer tries it out, please let me know the results.

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Ronald Hilton 2004


last updated: September 27, 2004