Are You Concerned About Access To The SSDI?

If you aren’t concerned about whether or not as a genealogist you’ll be able to access records in the Social Security Death Index in the future, you should be.

According to a recent article entitled Challenges To Accessing Social Security Death Index and SSA-5 Applications, written by Jan Meisels Allen for the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley, there are several bills before Congress which would limit – some severely – such access.  Jan was a guest on tonight’s episode of GeneaBloggers Radio entitled Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions for 2012.  Click here to listen to the recording.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.  And stay tuned for big news next week on how you can get involved in preserving access to these types of records vital to the genealogy field.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee


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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

2 thoughts on “Are You Concerned About Access To The SSDI?

  1. If they would just have a version of the SSDI with the SSN#s stripped out, that would be fine for me. I think the SSDI is more valuable as a death index than as a starting point for an overpriced SS5 application.

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