Wow, what a powerful resource. The Social Security Death Index is a free search of the ones that have past and were lucky enough to have survived the last great depression (the one before 2008). I periodically check the index and go back to my records to find out who is still alive and who is not. I went back this week to find something very saddening. A family with my last name in my town, that lost 2 twin 3 year olds at the same time. Oh my gosh. How devistating!!! These young kids, didnt even have a chance at life. Still this is a great genealogy success. In days past the young may not have even have had a name. Due to our wonderful governments need to track each and every one of us, they now do. I am caught up in both the feelings of loss with these children/babes, and the feeling that ironically somehow they now have a place in recorded history forever. Check it out.