Free Search by Social Security Number (SSN) Tips
If you are doing genealogy of your family history and you need to search using social security numbers (SSN) there are several free databases available online. You can easily conduct a free social security number search and aid in your search for family history.
The catch with these sites is they are only free to search using social security numbers of deceased individuals. This means you cannot search for free using a living person's social security number.
If you need to search using a living person's social security number, you will want to use a service like Civil Files or Gov-Records. They are public record investigative membership services that offer SSN search functions.
Now back to the free SSN search services. The most popular of these services is Roots Web (http://ssdi.rootsweb.com). At Roots Web, you can input any social security number and it will cross-reference its database and if the number belongs to a deceased person, it will list their name, last known address, date of birth, date of death and other public record information. If you enter a living person's social security number you will not get any information.
FREE BACKGROUND CHECK TIP! If you are conducting background checks and you're trying to confirm the authenticity of a SSN for free, you can still use a service like Roots Web. It won't help you for sure, but it could. Since there is a lot of identity fraud conducted using social security numbers of the deceased, if the number you enter shows someone else's name, you will know something fishy is going on. If the number doesn't get results, you will at least know it's not the number of a dead person.