SSDI claim dates #general

Peter Heilbrunn

What to Claim dates refer to on SSDI forms and why can they be materially different from the date of death.






Peter Heilbrunn

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Robert Hanna

Peter Heilbrunn wrote:
[What to Claim dates refer to on SSDI forms and why can they be materially different from the date of death.]
I believe that SSDI refers to the date the person started to collect federal disability insurance.
Robert Hanna


I think there is a confusion between Social Security Death Index (SSDI) which provides the date of death and the State/City where Social Security benefits were first claimed, and Social Security Disability (SSD, or sometimes refers to as SSDI) which are Social Security benefits granted based on the individual's disability. The application date for this benefit provides demographic information and health information about the applicant. 

Dan Efrat
Cherry Hill, NJ US
Researching Israelit (from Novogrudok, Belarus and Riga area, Latvia), Rabinowitz (Dyatlovo/Zhetl in Belarus( Pruss, in the Ukraine) and Koifman (in the Ukraine)


There are two different indexes based on Social Security information.  

One is the SSDI or Social Security Death Index which lists the name, date of death, and formerly the SSN, and some other info.  It used to be a separate index, but now is listed as part of the database of Ancestry and some other online sites.

The other is the SSACI, the Social Security Applications and Claims index which is what you are referencing.  It lists information on the application and claims against the account. So the date listed there would reflect when a claim was initiated. In my experience the amount of data found on SSACI listings varies considerably from next to nothing to  birth date, name changes, death date, and a variety of other useful information.  I don't know why there is such a disparity in the amount of information from one person to the next.  I have seen multiple SSACI listings for the same person, with different data, or amounts of data.

A fairly good explanation of this can be found on the Legacy Tree website at

Rich Meyersburg
Laurel, MD