How to Find Obituaries in My Area

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Obituaries summarize a deceased person’s life. They usually list the late individual’s date of death, age, accomplishments, affiliations, and next of kin. Some obituaries will list the cause of death as well. Obituaries notify friends and relatives of the individual’s death and provide valuable information for genealogical research. When you want to find obituaries in your area, look toward local newspapers and Internet directories.

1 Seek out area newspapers

Seek out area newspapers. Find newspapers at libraries, gas stations, convenience stores, supermarkets or other stores. Purchase the newspapers, read them at the library, or find them online.

2 Look

Look at the index on the newspaper's front page to find the obituaries page. If using a newspaper website, type in "obituaries" in the search box or look for a listing. You may need to input the deceased's first and last names.

3 Locate obituaries

Locate obituaries online using directory websites such as or Select your state from the map to find obituary information by state.

4 Browse funeral home websites for obituary information

Browse funeral home websites for obituary information. If you are unfamiliar with the local funeral homes, find listings in a phone book.

Racheal Ambrose started writing professionally in 2007. She has worked for the minority publishing company Elite Media Group Inc., Ball Bearings online magazine, "Ball State Daily News" and "The Herald Bulletin." Her articles focus on minority and women's issues, children, crafts, housekeeping and green living. Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ball State University.