Social Security Death Benefit Records

If you are looking for more information on ancestors who lived in the 20th century and beyond, you should not overlook the Social Security Death Benefit Index. Anyone who had Social Security benefits paid out after they died will be included in this index. It was started in the 1930’s, when then – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt instituted the Social Security program. Men and women alike signed up for Social Security numbers, so they could get retirement income out of the Social Security fund when they reached a certain age. Many women signed up at first so they could get their husbands’ Social Security benefits if they survived their spouses. As time went on and more women went to work, they became eligible for Social Security on their own...