How to Search for Dead People for Free

Finding a deceased friend or family member can be done at no cost to you. The general practice after someone has passed is to have the death notice printed in the local newspaper. Funeral homes have also taken to publishing the information on their web sites. You can search various databases on the Internet for anyone. The more information you have, the better your chances of locating the deceased individual.

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Newspapers have been publishing obituaries for years.

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Start by picking up your local newspaper. If the person you seek lived in the same town and the death was recent, you can narrow the search to the paper. Contact the editor and ask for help finding the obituary you seek.

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Contact the newspaper in the town where the individual passed. Ask them to search their archives for the obituary you need. They may direct you to an online version of their newspaper so that you can do the search yourself.

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Go to your local library and search archived newspapers. Larger libraries have this information scanned and stored. Ask the librarian for the most efficient way to search for the name you seek.

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The majority of sites that search for the deceased are connected to the Social Security Death Index.

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Utilize websites dedicated to searching for dead people, like Obituaries.com, Legacy.com or the Obituary Links Page. Enter the name of the deceased individual into the search prompt on the site you choose. Be sure the name is spelled correctly.