When did they die?

This guide was last updated in 2009

If the newspaper or publication that contains the obituary is neither online nor indexed, you will need a precise date of death in order to begin your search.

Otherwise you will end up trawling through publication after publication in the hope of striking it lucky.

Even if the relevant obituary does turn out to be online, a date or at least a year of death is useful to narrow down your search. The place of death that appears on the death certificate is also helpful because it will give you a good idea of which local newspapers need to be searched.

Death indexes are available at commercial sites such as www.ancestry.co.uk, www.findmypast.co.uk and www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. Only by ordering the certificate will you get the exact date and place of death.

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