Dear Eden and Group,
Be careful using the "last residence" information >from the SSDI to determine
where somebody died -- the Social Security Administration does not record
information on where deaths occur. The "last residence" is simply >from the SSA's
mailing address for the individual at the time of their death. Although most
people die in the area in which they live, this is obviously not always the case.
The question in the original message was whether a particular person's wife
survived him (and to get her name >from his death certificate). Unfortunately, on
the SSDI the "last benefit" column for this individual is blank, and for an 83
year old man, the most likely explanation is that his spouse probably did not
survive him (or that he had no spouse).
But being genealogists who should leave no stone unturned, there might be new
or surprising information on the death certificate, if the place of death can be
determined (and the death certficate extracted >from the authorities).
BTW, it was mentioned that this man was a lawyer in New York State. Does the
state bar association have any information?
New York, N.Y.