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Dear Ms. Horn,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We suggest that you begin by searching the Social Security Administration’s Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT) covering 1936 - 2007 in the Access to Archival Databases (AAD). This series contains records for every social security number (SSN) assigned to individuals with a verified death or who would have been over 110 years old by December 31, 2007. There are three types of entries in NUMIDENT: application (SS-5), claim, and death records. A NUMIDENT record may contain more than one entry. Information contained in NUMIDENT records includes: each applicant's full name, SSN, date of birth, place of birth, citizenship, sex, father's name, mother's maiden name, and race/ethnic description (optional). NUMIDENT includes information regarding any subsequent changes made to the applicant's record, including name changes and life or death claims. The death records in NUMIDENT do not include any State reported deaths.
Using the information gathered, please apply for a death certificate from that state.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!