What is the best way to access and cite the Social Security Death Index?

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I tried to access the Social Security Death Index and only found links through other Geneology websites. Is there a government provided website? Also,is it only for people over 65?
in Genealogy Help by Nancy Wilson G2G6 Mach 2 (26.3k points)

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Some of the transcriptions of records can be accessed at FamilySearch.org (free with subscription).  No, not just those over 65, but must be dead.  And remember there won't be any until after the SSA was begun and few of the records are available online after about 2010.  Early on farm families did not participate, nor did government workers.  So whole groups of people will not have a record.

If the government offers the records, they would be with the National Archives and Records Administration (nara.gov).
by Kathy Rabenstein G2G6 Pilot (234k points)
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Apparently there no government website to search the death index. There are, as noted by Kathy, ways to access it without cost. 

This website, https://www.deathindexes.com/ssdi.html , gives you the various options for the index and some related files. According to this website it was updated in 2014.

If you use either FamilySearch or Ancestry they will give a recommendation on how to cite it.

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (322k points)

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