Monday, May 5, 2014

Tuesday Tip's - Don't Let the Information Disappear...........

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

As of March 26, 2014, due to 113th U S Congress Bill 203 the Death Master File will no longer be available for purchase and therefore not put online anywhere. WHAT!!

The Legal Genealogist ....United States Senate voted 64-36 to pass a budget deal that includes — 
as a purported revenue-enhancing measure — a provision that closes off access to the Social Security Death Master File (known to genealogists as the Social Security Death Index or SSDI) for three years after an individual’s death and takes access to such information out of scope of the Freedom of Information Act as well. ..... read more of this post.

At this moment the S S Death Index is current to September 2012
AND through GenealogyBank is current to December 2011
                      World Vital Records is current to December 2011
              seems to be current to March 2014

San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society [SLOCGS] has embarked on a project to index the Deaths for 2012 & 2013. They are already indexing 2014.

Here are some suggestions for you as an individual or as a society to take on for your area............

If any of you live in the County you currently host for the California GenWeb or any other US GenWeb County, I would challenge you to get a similar project going.

If you can't index the deaths at the Clerk's Office, figure out how to do obit look-ups. If you can't do obits, take a look at local newspapers online and index the deaths listed there.

Here is a list of CA Newspapers

This would be an excellent 
                        very beneficial project for everyone to take up

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