Posted by on 1 October 2011 in 15 minutes with 15 collections

Today marks the start of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown. To kick things off, we’ve made our US Social Security Death Index completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th.

In the States, just about everybody has a social security number. Our index provides the name, birth and death dates and last address of everyone with a number whose death was reported to the Government – so it’s a comprehensive list of American deaths.

If you find an ancestor in the index, view their result then look for a Suggested Records box on the right of your screen. This will tell you other records that we think may mention the same person – either because the details match, or we’ve found the two records linked in someone else’s family tree.

Come back tomorrow for free access to Griffith’s Valuation, 1848-1864.

See all our free record collections this month

* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day.  All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011.  To view these records you will need to register for free with with your name and email address.



Not much use at the moment as it can’t be attached to the tree! Same thing happened with the free access to the passenger lists and not being able to attach anything until around day 2/3.

1 October 2011 at 11:58 am

Is this the same S S Death Index which has been available for years — for free — on Rootsweb at

The SSDI can also be searched for free on the LDS website at

but I’m not sure how long it’s been available there.

And Cyndi’s List has quite a few links to the SSDI at

Lastly, the dates covered by the Index should be prominently and clearly mentioned because this is a vital and important piece of info for researchers. Under FAQs, some dates and background history of the SSDI are mentioned but I didn’t see relevent dates otherwise. Did I miss them?

1 October 2011 at 7:46 pm

I’m registered with Ancestry, I received the email offering this 15-record free access – but where’s the access, the password to see the records? No link visible so far.

2 October 2011 at 2:38 pm
Peter Scott 

Thank you for replying but your comments are a complete waste of time and do not address the point that I made.

I may be away and not therefore able to access Ancestry on 15 October so therefore one of the databases that is (if I understand the FREE offer correctly) available only from the start of 15/10 until end of 15/10 will not be available at all to me.

Is that right? – is it sensible? If it is a database that I am interested in I will not be able to assess its attractiveness.

I currently have a 6 month free Essentials membership (having bought Family Tree Maker) and I have set up a Tree (peterwscott1983) and I am now wanting to see what else may be available in a Worldwide subscription from Ancestry compared to other genealogy market offers and this FREE offer seemed a good way to do so. Like most FREE offers it is rather transparent and really not very practical marketing, in view of my point above.

2 October 2011 at 3:48 pm