How to search an obituary by HC120704021316


									                          OBITUARY SEARCHES – ONLINE

   If death date is unknown, search the Social Security Death Index:

   When newspaper and date of the obituary are unknown, search the Obituary Daily

Deaths occurring between 3/1/1984 and today (Daily Breeze Online Archives)
Search the Daily Breeze Online Archives.
   1. Search by full name.
   2. If not found, try advanced searching techniques.
   3. Entering “Taylor NEAR15 died” would give you any article including obituaries, where
      the word Taylor and died were within 15 words of each other. This method works best if
      you have an unusual name.
   4. Entering “Taylor NEAR3 Elizabeth NEAR15 died” yields any articles including
      obituaries, where the words Elizabeth and Taylor were within 3 words of each other and
      the term died appeared within 15 words of those two names.
   5. Print or save an electronic copy of the obituary on a USB flash drive out.

Death occurring between 1913 and 1969:
Search the Historic Newspapers & Directories. This source covers two local newspapers,
the Torrance Herald (1914 to 1969) and the Torrance Press (1949-1964).
    1. Search the first and last name deceased in the online database.
    2. When you locate the obituary, you can either print it out or save an electronic copy of it
       on a USB flash drive.
                       OBITUARY SEARCHES - MICROFILM
Deaths occurring from 1966 to 1984 (Daily Breeze microfilm):
Obituaries from 1984 to the present can be found in the Daily Breeze Online Archives above as
well as the microfilm of the Daily Breeze located in the cabinets on the lower level of Katy
Geissert Civic Center Library.

   1. Locate which newspaper and what date the obituary appeared by searching the
      Obituary Daily Times ( Instructions for
      searching are below. Pull the Daily Breeze microfilm for the exact date indicated, locate
      the obituary and print or save an electronic copy.
   2. If not found, then search the Social Security Death Index: for the name of the deceased. Pull the microfilm for
      the date after the descendants death date and the following two weeks. Although most
      obituaries appear between 3–5 days after the date of death, in some instances, they
      make appear up to two weeks after death. You will need to scan the obituaries for these
      two weeks. In some cases, families do not pay for an obituary in the newspaper, thus
      one cannot be found.

                              Obituary Daily Times
                          Indexing from 1997 to the present

 To locate the Exact name of the newspaper and the exact date the obituary appeared,
 search the Obituary Daily Times (

 Entries in the Obituary Daily Times will include: name, nickname, middle initial, and
 (maiden name); age at death; place of birth > place of death; newspaper; date the
 obit appeared in the newspaper in format yyyy-m-d; contributor.

                SO BAY D-B    indicates the South Bay Daily Breeze
                Los Angeles T indicates the Los Angeles Times

 1) To search the Obituary Times,Click on SEARCH THE DATABASE.
 2) Go to the keyword box (located below the family tree box)
                                        Keyw ord       Submit
 3) Type in the name or keywords you know
               Examples:       Bob Harris
                               Robert Harris
                               Torrance Harris
                               Torrance Lefty
               Typical result: HARRIS, John S. “Lefty”; 84; NY>Torrance CA; SO BAY
               D-B; 1998-9-11; janmrw
 This obit indicates it would be in the Sept 11, 1998 edition of the South Bay Daily

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