Social Security Death Index

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.

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