Username: Password:
    Not a Subscriber? Try it for Free!
round2.png Our Exclusive Obituary Database
ObituaryData Collection History

The Graph below shows Obituaries collected and archived compared to the U.S. Census estimate of total U.S. deaths and the Social Security Death Master File (SSDMF) since 2000.  Notice the sharp drop in records in Social Security after 2011.

  ObituaryData and SSDMF Data Compared  
SSDMF - Effective November 1, 2011, the DMF data provided by SSA no longer contains protected state death records. Section 205(r) of the Act prohibits SSA from disclosing state death records SSA receives through its contracts with the states, except in limited circumstances. (Section 205r - Click Here)

This change has resulted in a reduction of over 40% of the Records provided in prior years.

In addition, the current SSDMF Records added since November 1, 2011 do NOT include City and State of Residence, while ObituaryData records always do.

The Graphs below show the record collection and publication history of compared to Social Security for 2018. With almost double the number of records, the collection of City and State of Residence, as well as the full obituary text, it is easy to see why has emerged as the most complete and current resource for U.S. Death information.
ObituaryData and SSDMF Records Compared
Social Security Death Master File Record
A Service of
Name Social Security Number
 JOHN D. JONES  185-18-5555
Last Residence Last Residence Zip
 N/A  N/A
Age Date of Birth: Date of Death
 90  03/04/1922  05/20/2012
This sample record shows the current SSDMF format. The information is valuable but extremely limited.

Most Obituaries, by comparison, contain a wealth of information including:
  • Survivors and Beneficiaries
  • Spouse Information
  • City and State of Residence
  • Education and Employment History
  • Military History
  • Organizations Supported
  • Colleges and Universities Attended
Obituary / Death Notice
A Service of

Email This Obituary
Name Residence
 John D. Jones  Meadville, PA
Age Date of Birth Date of Death:
 90  03/04/1922 05/20/2012
Obituary / Death Notice
VERO BEACH, Fla. - John D. Jones, 90, of Meadville, passed to eternity Sunday, May 20, 2012, at the Meadville Medical Center Transitional Care Unit after a two-week illness. He was born March 4, 1922, in Linesville, a son of the Rev. John Burns and Julia Augusta Owen Jones. He was a 1940 graduate of Meadville High School, never having missed a day of school. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and served as a message decoder in the Philippine Front of World War II. He married his lifelong love, Doris Irene Romasser, on May 24, 1943, and she preceded him in death Feb. 18, 2000. After the war he graduated from Allegheny College in 1949 with a degree in economics. He made a value decision to raise his young family near family in Meadville rather than take one of the many lucrative opportunities offered to him in the cities and abroad. He was hired on at Gelvin, Jackson & Starr Inc. and eventually became president of the firm. He was very involved in the Meadville community, serving on the board of incorporators of Meadville Medical Center, volunteering his talents for many years in the Charity Follies, as president of the Allegheny College Alumni Association, member and past president of Meadville Kiwanis Club, member of Meadville Roundtable, past board member of the Meadville Public Library, member of the Army of the Cussewago, member and past master of Masonic Lodge 408, member of Crawford County Shrine Club and Zem Zem Shrine Temple, Erie, member of Elks Lodge 219, past president of the Meadville Country Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006, American Legion Post 111 and First Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. In 1984 he received the Blue Citation from Allegheny College in recognition and appreciation of outstanding service to the college. John was a student of the Civil War and held a significant war library which he donated to the Crawford County Historical Society. He retired in 1987 and spent many years enjoying travel abroad, playing golf and enjoying his many friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; his parents; a brother, Howard B. Jones; four sisters, Pauline Jones, Bernice (Bea) Higgins Old, Dorothy Lee and Gaynelle Rickerson; two brothers-in-law, James A. Lee and Lorian Rickerson; and two nephews, James A. Lee Jr. and John C. Higgins. He is survived by his children, Peter O. Jones and his wife, Deborah Allen-Jones, of Blooming Valley; a daughter, Carole Andreas of Meadville; his companion, Gerri Heibel of Meadville; three grandchildren, Bess C. Andreas Weidner and her husband, Jamey, of Cambridge Springs, Elise Andreas and partner, Joe Casper, of Meadville, and John Andreas of Meadville; and his two adored great-grandchildren, Alexa Jade Casper and Weston Joshua Lee Weidner. He was greatly appreciated, enjoyed and will be greatly missed. Calling hour will be Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Robert W. Waid Funeral Home Inc., 581 Chestnut St., Meadville. The memorial service will follow at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Timothy Solomon, pastor of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, officiating. Interment with military honors provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006 will be in Greendale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Crawford County Historical Society, 411 Chestnut St., Meadville, Pa. 16335; or a charity of the donor's choice.
ObituaryData City and State Collection Details

ObituaryData is dedicated to providing you with the most powerful tools to help find the records you are looking for. In an effort to improve in locating your person by location, ObituaryData has incorporated a revolutionary way to search and match your records based on the city and state you provide.

Many Obituaries use City and Town Names that are NOT recognized, as “Primary” for Social Security or Zip Code purposes. This could mean that the city you have listed for your person is not the same as what is listed in that person's obituary. For Example, see the record below: 

Obituary / Death Notice
A Service of

Email This Obituary
Name Residence
 Michael R. Johnson  Bath, NY
Age Date of Birth Date of Death:
 86  08/04/1927 08/19/2013
Obituary / Death Notice
WHEELER, N.Y. - Michael R. Johnson 86 of Hilton Rd. passed away Monday August 19, 2013 at the Arnot Odgen Medical Center in Elmira. He was born August 4, 1927 in the town of Urbana the son of Steven C. and Margaret D. Butler Johnson. Mike worked at the Aaron Wine Company for 40 years retiring as the Room Supervisor. He was an avid Guitar player, playing at many nursing homes in the area, he mowed and took care of the Square and Cemetery in Hammondsport for over 25 years. He was also an avid farmer. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend Surviving are his wife of 65 years Mary Smith Johnson, daughter Cathy Lowery of Wheeler, sons Darrell Johnson of Wheeler, Chris (Katie) Johnson of Nevada sister Ellen Trout and Frank Taylor both of Hammondsport brother Bob(Aaron) Johnson of Wheeler 7 grandsons and 9 Great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his sister Erin Jones Matthews and brothers Jason and Matthew Johnson. There will be no prior calling hours, everyone is invited to a funeral service Friday August 23rd at 11 a.m. at the Hammondsport Methodist Church, Rev Phil D. Hammonds will officiate and Interment will be in Valley Cemetery. The family will supply their own flowers, memorials should be made to the Methodist Church arrangements are by the Funeral Home of Hammondsport.

In the record above, Michael Johnson's obituary states he was from Wheeler, NY.  

 - Note that Wheeler, NY is a Town but is not a Primary Address.

 - For Data accuracy this record is listed in the closest or most commonly used Primary City - Bath, NY.

Though Wheeler will still be shown in the Obituary text, a Search or Match for Michael Johnson of Wheeler will produce all matching records in Bath, NY.

In this case, if you have either Wheeler or Bath as Michael Johnson's city on your Search or List, you will still receive the record as a possible match, thus greatly increasing the possibility of finding the record you are searching for.