The Social Security Death Index is a database freely available on the
web and you can search for all deceased relatives in it. I did find a
Frank Marcinowski who died in 1968. The index states this Mr.
Marcinowski died in August, though. I'm adding this here because when
my grandmother passed away, there had been a problem with some of the
data and some sources say she died on one date and others say she died
on another date. Since I witnessed this actually happen with my
grandmother I thought it might be possible that the index is
displaying the month of death as August instead of September in error.
Of course, this only applies if the state is indeed Pennsylvania.
The only FRANK MARCINOWSKI the Index lists as having passed in 1968
Born 17 Oct 1917
Died Aug 1968
The Social Security Death Index
Ancestry.com offers the same search (but you must first register as a
guest -- it's free) and also offers am easy way to write to the Social
Security Administration to request an "SS-5" -- an application for a
Social Security number.
"Not everyone who has, or has had, a Social Security card will appear
on the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). The SSDI lists only those
individuals for whom a lump sum death benefit was paid. Many other
enrolled persons are not listed either because their death was not
reported or they are still living. If you haven't found your deceased
ancestor on the SSDI, but he or she was likely enrolled with the
Social Security system, it may still be possible to get a photocopy of
his or her original SS-5.
To request this information, you will need to send the name and Social
Security number of the person you're researching. You might be able to
locate the person's Social Security number in the following places:
funeral home records
records held by financial institutions
voter registration rolls at county courthouse
former employers of the individual
If those sources don't produce the number, you may request a "records
search" with the Social Security Administration. To request this
service you must send $29 and provide the following information: full
name, state of birth, and date of birth to:
Freedom of Information Officer
4-H-8 Annex Building
6401 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21235"
I myself have sent one of these letters to find information about my
deceased relative and was able to secure a copy of their application.
It was extremely helpful.
I hope this information helps you. If you need a clarification please
let me know and I will do my best to aid you in your continued search.
social security death index