A question was posed to me the other day. It was “How do I find an old death notice”. The answer depends on how close you are to the deceased or whether you know them or not. For a famous person like John Wayne, it is easy. There are people that still love and admire this movie star and can tell you his birthday or the day he died which was June, 11 1979.
If the person is a part of history, most history books can help like Abraham Lincoln. He died on April 15, 1865. This of course is one way, or just use any search engine on the internet. If the person you need or want to find a death notice for is not famous but a relative then the family bible can be a valuable source. Most families record not only deaths, but births, wedding and even some divorces nowadays.
If the person is not so famous and not a relative, then the local library could hold the key. But this path would require you to know approximately the right date and where this person of interest died.
Luckily today there is a large listing of over 1.14 Billion articles and over 3.42 billion names that have appeared in old newspapers organized all on one web site, Newspaper Archive, and is the most complete source of old newspapers on the internet. With a search engine that can narrow down your search to region of the country or countries, date or range of dates, this site makes looking up death notices easy.
How do I find an old death notice, I go to the web site that has the history written on old newspapers, the newspaper archive. This is a subscription website but the cost is minimal compared to the amount of historical research you will be able to do.