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Tips for Locating an Obituary
  • Look through the USGenWeb Obituary Project state pages to see if the state or county in which the Obituary would have been published has the Obituary listed.

  • Visit the USGenWeb Archives State or County page for the location in which the Obituary would have been published to see if it is listed.

  • Visit the USGenWeb State or County page for the location in which the the Obituary would have been published.  From that page, check for the following:

    • Check to see if there are any look-up volunteers that can lookup obituaries.

    • Post a look-up request on the state or county rootsweb Query/Message Board.

    • Join the state or county mailing list and post a look-up request to the mailing list (instructions for joining the mailing list should be on the county or state page).

    • Look for the contact information of the following resources which may be of assistance in locating obituaries:

      • Local Libraries

      • Ask a Librarian this link is a gateway link for questions so you can chat live with a librarian.

      • Local Genealogical or Historical Societies

      • Local LDS Family History Centers

      • Local Genealogists (May involve a fee)

  • If the newspaper is still published, contact them directly.  They may be able to provide information on where to locate archived publications.

  • If there is a chance that the deceased had a Social Security Number, look them up in a Social Security Death Index (SSDI).  If you don't the exact date of death or the approximate location, this can be very helpful. has a good SSDI.

  • Funeral Homes often assist families with obituaries.  If the Funeral Home is known, contact them to see if they have records of the obituary.

This page was last revised Friday, 04-Oct-2013 00:47:18 EDT

Obituary Archives Project Coordinator - Maggie Stewart