To look up obituaries you need to know the death date and where they died. You can get that info from the Cal Death Index in the California State library. Once you have the death date and where they died all you have to do is find a newspaper that is close to the city where they died. Hopefully it was a large city. Anyway you search a day or two after the death date to find the obituary. Its really easy if you don't get motion sickness from watching the the newspaper going side to side. Also the social security index is a good place to get a death date.