Friday, March 09, 2007

Old obituaries

Do you have any idea as to how to find an old obituary or how do I find if a person has died. I heard that my daughter's father died in a shoot out with police in Simi Valley, Ventura Co, California about 10 years ago. I don't know or remember his parents' names. How do I find out?

You've got a few basic steps to follow in solving your research challenge by doing a search on all possible spellings and arrangements of your daughter's father's name (i.e. including middle name or excluding it, etc.)

Posted freely at RootsWeb (and other places on the web), the SSDI lists deaths reported to the Social Security Administration since 1969ish. One did not have to be receiving SS benefits to have the death reported.

-- Legacy
To find out which newspapers are part of this network, see:

-- Ancestry Obituary Collection - requires membership or view at local LDS Family History Center

-- obituaries 1977 to current (selected newspaper titles) - requires membership
"Over 23.3 million obituaries make this the most complete collection from the 20th and 21st centuries - includes more than 800 U.S. newspapers."


requires membership or view at local LDS Family History Center
Ancestry describes the database as follows: "This database is an index to the death records in State of California, USA, from 1940 through 1997. The database provides such valuable information as first, last and middle names of the descendants, birth dates, mother's maiden name, father's last name, sex, birth place, death place, residence at time of death, death date, social security number (when available), and the age of the individual when they died."

ONCE YOU'VE FOUND the death date, then look for the local paper on microfilm, to view the articles that surely were created when explaining the "shoot out" with police. Expect to find related articles for several days following the incident. There should also be a follow-up article a month or so later when the police IA (Internal Affairs) completes an investigation that is made any time a police officer discharges his weapon in the line of duty.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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