How to Find a Date of Death For Free

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Date of Death

Date of death searches are performed for various reasons; for family tree projects, probates, estate matters and to prove the date when someone died. Date of death searches can be done online by the general public and free of charge.


Step 1

Determine the location and an approximate date of death (range). Make sure to have the person's full name and the married name (s). If the full name is not known, do some research before trying to search for a date of death online.

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Try different spellings for the person's first and last names to cover possible misspelling.


Step 2

Start the date of death search by visiting the site This resource can be use to find date of death for the United States and for international countries. This is a free service; however the user needs to register with an e-mail address to gain full access. To perform a search you need the person's first and last name. The user is able to find a date of death from the results if the person is deceased.


Step 3

Visit the US Social Security Death Index database (SSDI). This is an index that provides birth dates, death dates and social security numbers for the United States. Perform a basic or an advanced search to find a date of death for free.


Step 4

Compare your findings from different sources. This will confirm that you found the correct person and date of death.

Step 5

If you are ready to start a search for a date of death, see the Resources section below for links to the above websites.




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