Individuals can research local deaths by conducting online searches for a person's name. Newspaper and funeral home websites typically publish local death notices. Local cemetery offices may also keep records of local deaths of individuals buried at the facility.
National archive websites supported by government agencies allow individuals to look up local deaths and death records. Since death records are a matter of public record, any individual can request a copy of the death certificate and inquire about the date and location of the death at local courthouses or government agencies, both in person and online. Public libraries maintain newspaper archives that also contain obituaries.