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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Death Information Online

(Posted July 21, 2001)

Question 117: My grandfather was a railroad employee. He was killed in an work accident. My father was also a rail worker, and he is deceased too. How can I get death information about them online? Because they were railroad workers, neither of them is listed in the online death information provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Answer: The online death information appears on several commerical web sites. They have no official connection with SSA. They purchase the information from SSA under the Freedom of Information Act. The records are not 100% complete or accurate.

I would suggest you go to the offical source of death records, which would be the state in which your father or grandfather died. Check the state's web site to see who to contact and whether the records are available online.

Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.

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