Finding the minimum information for newspapers
To find an individual's birthplace in an obituary, you must at least know the approximate date of death, the full name of the deceased, and the state and city or town where the death took place (or where the obituary was likely to have been published). If you do not have the minimum information to access a newspaper article, you can either:
Get help finding some of the minimum information by selecting one of the following items,
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read the paragraphs below for a few additional tips.
If the individual was a veteran who served and was killed in the Korean or Vietnam War, you may be able to find a birthplace through the death records in the Military Index on the FamilySearch computer at your local Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Family History Library has all other wars indexed on microfiche. You only need to know the war and the veteran's name. Local community and genealogy libraries may also have war indexes. Contact individual libraries for their holdings.
Try finding out where the individual's parents were married. The mother may have given birth in the same town.
Make sure to check photo albums, scrapbooks, diaries, and family Bibles at home. See the topic Finding information at home for more information. Also check for local histories. See the topic Finding previous research.
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