Can I find out if someone has died? Can you check death records online? Yes, you can. It is generally an easy process, but if you don’t have details about the deceased person, such as their name and date of death (estimate should be okay), it will be more difficult to find out more information such as the cause of death and burial place.
How do I look up someone who died? Local newspapers, obituary pages, and social media can help you determine whether someone recently died. States and the U.S. government have online death records (sometimes called death indexes) for deaths within the past 50 years or so. To find out if you’re in someone’s will, you may want to visit a probate court.
How do I find local death notices? Nowadays, many obituaries can be found online, published digitally on the websites of newspapers and funeral homes, as well as on remembrance sites like Legacy. The local library remains a good place to look for older obituaries, with library newspaper archives often dating back a century or more.
How do I find a death notice in California? Just go to the Ancestry.com database California, Death Index, 1940-1997 and find your person by using keywords (name). Then click “Order Original Document from VitalChek.” Some digitized death certificates are now available online via FamilySearch.org.