Re: Tracking down death records in the US #usa

Sherri Bobish


Have you searched the NY State Death Index?
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956

If your aunt passed on in NY State during the years of the index (but outside of the five boro's of NYC) than her name should appear in the above index at

If she passed on in NYC than there are separate indices to search, and they can be found at:

If your aunt was born 1870 or later and was living in the mid-1930's than she may have filled out an SS5 (Original Social Security Application.)  If you think the person in the online database is your aunt than you may want to get a copy of the SS5 (it is not free.)  Instructions here:

I have seen names misspelled in the SSDI, so I imagine errors can occur in any database.

Have you checked online digitized newspapers for a possible death notice?
This one is free and is heavy on NY papers:
In a death notice / obit the name may be written as surname first, i.e. SMITH, Jane.

Do an exact search, otherwise you will get hits for any time the first or last name appears.

If you have a subscription than is another place to search.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

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