Call to Action - Help Save the Social Security Death Index

On behalf of Susan Kaufman, President of TSGS, and Teri Flack, Chair of the TSGS Records Preservation and Access Committee. TSGS is asking you to join with genealogists from across the country to stop identity theft, and as a result, to help save public access to the Social Security Death Index. You may already know that legislation currently being considered by the U.S. Congress would close all public access to the SSDI. Please carefully read the notice below, review the information available through the “SSDI FAQ” link, and if you agree, we ask you to sign the petition to save the Social Security Death Index [SSDI].

What you can do:

  1. Learn more at the SSDI FAQ here.
  2. Sign the We The People petition at
  3. Spread the word, especially to your genealogy society members and colleagues. Forward this email to them or send them the SSDI petition press release - download it here.

Our goal is to get as many signatures, as quickly as possible, so that the solutions to fraudulent tax refund claims based upon identity theft from recently deceased infants & adults can be taken seriously and implemented immediately. Doing so will help us ensure that the SSDI is available to not just genealogists, but all researchers and information professionals who rely upon its contents.


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