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From: Norris< >
Subject: Re: Interpretation of Social Security Death Index
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 00:55:43 GMT
On Mon, 21 Jun 1999 12:37:34 -0700, you wrote:
>According to the description, the index "contains records for those for whom
>the lump sum death benefit was paid". So my question is how can the "Last
>Benefit" not have a location?
The information being given by the SS provider is incorrect. The info
given by the Social Security folks to these providers is nothing more
than a file "dump" of anyone / but not everyone, cleared from the
Social Security system for whatever reason... mostly after 1962, but
in some cases, especially railroaders, before 1962. Benefits paid has
nothing to do with being in, or not being in, the Index.
>My problem is that the residence listed is Boston, MA but the state doesn't
>have a record of the death (by name or SSN). So I have no idea where else to
Obit? Cemetery records? Will? Real Estate deeds? Census? If this
century, phone book? Other relatives obits before he/she died as a
survivor; others' wills as legatee or witness, etc, etc....
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