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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.
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