Unfortunately, while we're working on this webpage project, time constraints prevent us from doing lookups for others. We cannot accept lookup requests at this time. We hope that we will be able to add lookup request as a feature of this website by
September 2003. In the meantime, we have provided links to volunteer sources if you're unable to obtain an obituary yourself.
Unfortunately, while we're working on this webpage project, time constraints prevent us from doing lookups for others. We cannot accept lookup requests at this time. We hope that we will be able to add lookup request as a feature of this website by September 2003. In the meantime, we have provided links to volunteer sources if you're unable to obtain an obituary yourself.
You may think it odd to have a website dedicated to finding obituaries in Southern California. If you're from outside the area, you must be asking yourself, "What's the big deal? Why do they need a website just for finding obituaries?"
Well, not to whine, but it's really tough to track down an obituary, particularly in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The size of the area, population, traffic, the number of newspapers published over the years, and other factors all contribute to the difficulty. Even though it may be somewhat easier to locate obituaries in the areas outside LA and Orange County, we feel that listing resources throughout Southern California will simplify the process even further.
Generally speaking, an obituary search will have one of four outcomes:
There's not much we can do to influence the kind of obituary that was printed, or even whether one appears at all. What we can do, however, is help you learn how to find one if it exists.
RESEARCH PROCESS TUTORIAL
As volunteers who perform obit lookups, we've struggled and, through trial and error, found solutions to some of these challenges. We designed this website to share the knowledge that we've gained. The process is presented, step by step, on the following pages.
ONLINE LISTS OF NEWSPAPERS
In addition to outlining our research methods, we also wanted to share the information sources we've compiled. These include lists of newspaper collections that can be accessed by the public. The list includes information about circulation areas, dates, and format (hard copy or microform).
ONLINE LISTS OF LIBRARIES AND OTHER REPOSITORIES
We have compiled a list of libraries, genealogical societies, historical societies, and other repositories throughout Southern California. You'll find contact information on some 400 microfilm repositories, complete with email contact information, notations on whether they do lookups, and website links. This list is posted on the website for your use.
TIPS EVERYONE CAN USE
While our focus is definitely Southern Californian, we've included tips and hints that everyone can use, regardless of location. An obit hunt is much easier in a place like Sioux City, Iowa, for example, but a researcher still needs to walk through the planning process. Queries and lookup requests still need to be well formed, and the more creative search tips are useful for everyone. Check out the strike-out page for some new ideas for obituary sources.
WORK IN PROGRESS
We have inventoried about 100 libraries, including two of the area's largest newspaper microfilm repository, the Los Angeles Public Library, and the Los Angeles County Library System. We will be posting more information as it's gathered, and are hoping that you will help us out. You'll find that some of our pages are still under construction, others are complete, and others are works in progress. Because we have been researching in Los Angeles and Orange counties, you'll find that the information is more complete for those two areas. We're looking for help for the other counties! We are very grateful to the many volunteers who have already added to these web pages--Sharon who added the holdings from Kern County, Christine, Kari, Carell, and so many others.
HOW TO USE THIS SITE
As you explore these pages, you'll see icons at the top of each page. To move from one section to another, just place your cursor over the icon and click … you're on your way! Of course, we have links at the bottom of each page to help you navigate.
Please check back often to see what we've added. We'd be very grateful if you would take a minute, sign our guestbook, and give us your ideas and feedback.
Plan Your Obituary Search *
Find the Last Known Address and Date of Death *
Community Locator *
* Newspaper Holdings * Libraries and Other Repositories * Queries and Lookup Volunteers *
* Strike Out? More Ideas for finding Obituaries *
* SoCalObituaries HomePage * Volunteer for the SoCal Obituaries Project *
* Frequently Asked Questions and Answers * Meet the SCORPians *
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