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 (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/). 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:
http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ 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 (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/).
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
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