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NEW AUTOMATED SSDI FORM LETTER AT ANCESTRY.COM
The Social Security Death Index (SSDI), one of the most popular
genealogical databases available at Ancestry.com, has recently become an
even more powerful genealogy tool. Those who find ancestors in the SSDI
can now create an automated form letter to request more information on
individuals found in the SSDI database. The Social Security
Administration fulfills requests for SS-5 Forms (Social Security
Application forms) for the nominal fee of seven dollars when the Social
Security number is known.
Now people who find pertinent Social Security records in the SSDI can
immediately create a letter to request photocopies or extracts of SS-5
forms. Photocopies of the original records are generally more important
for documentation than extracts or Numident printouts, but Numident
printouts may contain additional information regarding the personal
history of the Social Security applicant.
SS-5 records generally include the following information: Social
Security number, name, date of birth, place of birth, sex, race or
ethnicity, mother's name, father's name, and citizenship.
Extracts may contain the following additional information: name changes;
additional names; updated information; when information was updated;
Social Security Administration codes for sex, race, citizenship, and the
evidence provided with the application; and the location of multiple
Social Security numbers.
After a visitor searches the SSDI at Ancestry.com, the automated letter
writer is accessible through a hyperlink in the table of search results.
Following the hyperlink will create a letter requesting the SS-5 form.
The letter is ready to print and send to the Social
The name and pertinent information of the individual found in the SSDI
is added to the letter dynamically.
"This new tool will enhance the value of this enormous database," said
Jim Ericson, web marketing director of Ancestry.com. "People will now be
able to better take advantage of the information provided in this
The SSDI is created from the Death Master File (DMF) from the Social
Security Administration (SSA). The most recent release (June 1998)
contains over 59.7 million records created from SSA payment records.
The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) contains data points that are
important to genealogists. Ancestry.com is dedicated to providing the
most recent SSDI data available and making this database as useful as
possible to those who search the database.
For more information, visit: http://www.ancestry.com/ssdi/q01hlp.htm
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