How to Use Obituaries

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If you know where the person you are researched died, you may be able to locate an obituary by contacting the paper in that area.

Online obituaries:

  • This is good for relatively recent obituaries.

Some historical societies also have microfilm copies of newspapers published in their area. See historical societies.

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