Finding out if someone has died can be a touchy subject. Fortunately, instead of calling relatives or trying to visit in person, you can use a number of online utilities to find out if someone has died and when.

Finding out if someone has died is relatively easy because obituaries and websites usually have public announcements. However, what you most likely won’t find for most people is that how a person has died — this information is usually distributed only by word of mouth.

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How to know if someone has died

  1. Read online obituaries . The death report is the first place you should look if someone has passed away. There are sites for both recent obituaries and historical obituaries. obituaries looking for John Smith

    An online search for obituaries can only be useful for large cities. A small town may not post an obituary online, in which case you should check your local newspaper or website for a mortuary.

  2. Social media should be your next choice. If you manage to find a social media account for a deceased person, you will most likely find their friends and family posting feelings and memories.

    Find out, how to find people on facebook for some examples.

    Facebook search results for John Smith Dallas
  3. Visit the local church website. If you happen to know the church where the funeral took place or was to take place if the person passed away, the church’s website could have posted an announcement or even the person’s entire obituary.

    If you’re not sure about a particular church, try looking for links to websites with churches in the area where you know where he’s from or where he died.

  4. Do a general search in search engine . Enter the person’s name followed by obituary and/or death .

    Be sure to include any other relevant information you can, such as the family member’s name, where they lived or died, their occupation, your guess as to the cause of death, etc.

    Here is an example:

    «John Smith» accident death «Las Vegas» «wife Mary»

    When you include multiple words in a phrase, such as a name or location, be sure to enclose them in quotes .

    John Smith Obituary Google Search

    If the person you are looking for is a celebrity, but the general search didn’t help, search directly in Wikipedia or IMDb . These are the best sites to find out if a celebrity has died because they update quickly.

  5. Check local news sites. Usually deaths are reported on the news, but you might only be lucky if it was an «unusual» death, which could include everything from a car accident to a murder or the death of someone really young.

    This method for determining if someone has died can help when combined with the other methods on this page. News stations are usually not allowed to publish the name of the deceased, but are often given the location and the general date/time.

  6. Find a man’s grave to confirm that he died . This shouldn’t be your first choice, because a grave site doesn’t usually get updated as soon as an obituary is posted, but it’s still useful and especially useful for deaths you suspect happened a long time ago.

    Find serious search results for John Smith

    Find a grave.
  7. See if they are on genealogy website . You will be able to see their date of death if they are included in a family tree that has been updated since their death.

  8. Use the people finder to see if he or she is dead . This method is the least useful as these sites usually don’t focus on death, but they can show a person’s date of death along with the information they usually store, such as date of birth, phone number, address, etc.

Can you find out how someone died?

Determining someone’s cause of death can be tricky. Short of asking a close friend or relative, your only real choice is to look into the death record for details.

If the methods described above Togo, died whether someone from the people did not help to find out how he died, you can try something a little different. For example, if you are searching the web like in step 4 above, try adding «cause of death» in search.

Usually, however, a story about how someone died is only published on the Internet or somewhere in the public domain if it deserves to be published. For example, this information may appear if the person was a celebrity, died tragically, or was involved in a police chase.

Otherwise, for ordinary people who die, such as a colleague, old friend, family member, neighbor, etc., the cause of death is usually not public information.

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