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How to Find a Deceased's Last Known Address

by Nico Riley

When a person dies, there are several options available for locating the deceased's last known address. Information can be located through people searches, genealogy records and local resources like libraries and phone books. There are many online services to help you locate lost loved ones. If you have basic information about the person you are searching for, chances are good that you’ll find him or her through one of these resources.

Contact friends, relatives and co-workers of the deceased person, if possible. Someone who knew the deceased may be able to provide you with the last known address.

Gather identifiable information about the deceased person. This would include full name, birth date, date of death, Social Security number, phone number, place of work, and family members of the deceased. The more information you have, the easier it will be to filter your search results.

Visit a people-search website such as familysearch.org. Enter the deceased person’s name in the search field. If you have the city or state where he or she resided and the year of birth and death, enter this information as well, to narrow your search. The records will give you the person’s full name, Social Security number, city, state and zip code of last known residence, and date of birth and death.

Contact the appropriate records office in the state where the deceased person lived. Request a death certificate. A death certificate will include the address of the former residence of the deceased person. Know that death certificates are not public records. They can only be requested by a family member or legal representative of the person’s estate. There is a fee for obtaining death certificates, usually no more than $20.

Visit your local library to check phone books. Search for the deceased person’s name. If the name is listed, the last known address will also be there. Contact people with the same surname as the deceased. It’s possible that some are relatives of the deceased who can help you find the information you’re looking for.

Items you will need
  • Internet access
  • Name of the deceased

About the Author

Nico Riley has been a professional writer since 2006 with work appearing on various websites. Riley holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Harold Washington College and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She enjoys writing on topics about society, culture, health, self-help and entertainment.

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