How To Find An Obituary For A Specific Person?

How To Find An Obituary For A Specific Person?

“It doesn’t matter if you’re searching for a loved one’s death or someone you knew back in college. With modern society’s rapid digitization, there’s a decent chance you’ll get all the data you need only with a few clicks.”

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Some of us, particularly newspaper readers, have seen a death notice of someone with brief information provided below the title that shows a death announcement; this is known as an obituary.

Finding an ancestor’s obituary is not challenging in this modern world, thanks to technology that enables users to access an ancient record with a single click. An obituary is published in newspapers—online and in print—to openly announce the death of a loved one. Some websites also retain a record of obituaries.

But, before you begin, you should have at least some of the essential information:

  • Complete legal name
  • Birthdate
  • The date of death
  • Residential city

Once you have the following information, you can search for the obituary using a variety of techniques, starting with any famous search engine.


1. Try to contact old friends or family members

“Don’t be afraid to reach out!”

Although it may seem obvious, asking a family member or an old friend can be a quick way to find an obituary. An old colleague may have viewed the obituary in the paper at some point, which can help you find the name of the newspaper, which can direct you to their archives. If you approach a family member, they may be able to guide you to a printed or digital obituary as well.

2. Browse newspaper archives

“They may also have an obituary department you can call if you have any questions.”

Obituaries were traditionally published in newspapers so that people from the local community might be informed of the death and know about the deceased’s life. Although many families may prefer to publish the obituary online, older obituaries were more likely to show up in a print newspaper. By making an online search, you can locate the top publications in the area where the person you’re searching for lived. The obituaries section of most newspaper websites is also accessible online.

3. Visit your local library

“Identifying the date of death will be extremely helpful here because you’ll be going through archived documents.”

Local libraries usually have copies of local media, particularly local newspapers. There are also archived editions of local newspapers with older obituaries. Visit your local library and ask to search their archives for an older obituary.

4. Look for memorial and online obituary websites

If you know the obituary was posted on a certain obituary or online memorial website, you can locate it by using the search tool on the webpage. Enter the first and last name of the person you’re looking for in the search bar.

5. Check out the funeral home’s website

If you have the name of the funeral home that conducted or is conducting the services, you can check their website for an obituary. Some funeral houses provide online obituary posting as a service, placing the obituary on their website. Even if there might not be a search option available, you can also browse their published obituaries in the obituaries section.

If you can’t find an obituary for a loved one or feel one hasn’t been posted, think about writing your own. Obituaries are commonly posted by a family member or even someone close to the family, but they can be written by anybody. You can easily write an obituary using one of the obituary templates and then publish it online.


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      Obituary for Charles Stanko

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  11. Name of the deseased is Sharron Johnston says:

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    1. Tina normand says:

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  16. Mrs. B. Love says:

    I’m looking for the whereabouts of an obituary or burial site of Michael S. Xhaantera 44yrs old born 7-18-1977, he was a twin to Dereck Jackson Xhaantera. Who had a 25 yr old son Named Kyle Masterson Xhaantera. Both Michael and Kyle were working together on the roof of a house for Kyle. They both slipped &were killed while roofing on the cattle ranch he lived on near San Antonio Texas. Don’t remember the name of the Cattle ranch but they were native american. He was Tonkawa /Navaho . and Derek passed away a couple months after Michael and his son Kyle.and I have no way of knowing where he was buried or creamated or what ever. I’m trying to pay respect to someone close to my heart. The family has all died and Derek sold the cattle ranch a a couple months after he lost his son and brother Michael and there mother Mary Matilda died 4-5 months ago.. This poor family just dropped like flys after Michael died. So Sad. Anyway, i don;t have a newspaper clipping of the announcement of the deaths or anything. Michael Xhaantera and his nephew Kyle M. Xhaantera were killed on feb 11th 2020 i believe? could be 2019? no one to confirm with. email is . thank you

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    Does anyone know the obituary of Randy Love! Born and raised in Welsh, last known residence St. Francisville

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