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How can I find someone's obituary?
Last Updated: 15th March, 2020
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In this way, can you find old obituaries online?
Nowadays, many obituaries can be found online, published digitally on the websites of newspapers and funeral homes, as well as on remembrance sites like Legacy. The local library remains a good place to look for older obituaries, with library newspaper archives often dating back a century or more.
Likewise, do all deaths have obituaries? If someone decides that he or she doesn't want a printed obituary, or if the deceased person's survivors decide not to have one, there is no state law that compels them to do so. However, state law will require that a death certificate be filed with the state's office of vital statistics.
Keeping this in consideration, why can't I find an obituary?
If you don't Google the newspapers that exist in the city or town where he lived, and try searching with the newspaper name, your friend's name and the word “obituary.” If you still can't find your friend's obituary after trying these search terms, it's possible that no obituary was created for him.
How do I find out how someone died for free?
- Visit the web page for the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).
- Enter the information about the person you're searching for in the SSDI search box. Don't uset the other search boxes that appear on the same page. Search using the person's Social Security number, if available, as that is the most precise search possible.