or go to http://www.ancestry.com/http://www.ancestry.com/ and look for the words Social Security Death Index or SSDI near the top of the home page.
That will take you to the SSDI updated to January 2001. Ancestry won't charge you anything. They provide the SSDI for free.
However, there are several possible reasons for not finding the person you are looking for even though you know they had a SS card and are dead.If you read about the SSCI on Ancestry, you will find out why. Sometimes it is as simple as the original card was made out to a different spelling of the first or last name.
I saw I message on a German research website today. The user was quite upset that Adolf somebody or other . . . was not in the SSDI. Someone else looked and found that Adolph sombody or other!
And pay attention to what the explanation says about the final residence. It isn't.
The company who creates copies of the SSDI use the wrong label for that last contact.
It is where the Social Security office last had contact with the estate of the deceased.
Ex: my father died in the state of WA. I lived in OR. I probated his estate. The SSDI format lists OR as the last place of residence.