eAdventist used to include a link to Ancestry.com that provided free searching of the Social Security Death Index. This was a very handy tool for clerks. Several clerks noticed that it is no longer available and wondered why.
The data in the Social Security Death Index is public data provided by the government. Ancestry.com provided a web search of that data. As of December 18, 2011, they chose to move the service behind a “paywall” because of its potential use for identity theft (ABC News).
Ancestry.com still offers SSDI searching, you just have to pay for an account to access it. At this point, they only offer single-user accounts so we will not be able to purchase a “group” account for eAdventist users. We aren’t aware of any other sites that offer a similar service.