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Tips for Civilians
Finding People & Data About Them

About the Author: Mary Ann Boyle, PhD is a licensed private detective and forensic genealogist who finds missing persons and conducts genealogical investigations for court cases. She shares her secrets for investigating missing persons and identifying kindred.

Tricks for Finding Obituaries

  • Review all obituaries in appropriate newspaper for anticipated publication date. This technique will pick up alternate spellings of surnames or hyphenated names.

  • Review obituaries in hometown newspaper of family members as opposed to only newspaper for death town.

  • Review obituaries in newspapers located in town of death and town of usual residence.