Death notices and obituaries are slightly different. Most of the time, a death notice is the information the family puts in the local newspaper for a fee. Obituaries are articles written about a person who has died, usually by newspaper staff. Death notices and obituaries are a good place to find information on deceased relatives.
Vital Records (Birth, Marriage, Death)
Official birth, marriage and death records are filed in each state. Most states charge a fee for looking up these records. They are confidential by federal law for a certain period ofter they are created:
Deaths: confidential for 50 years
Briths: confidential for 75 years
Marriages: confidential for 50 years
The earliest available records vary from state to state, as there were no Federal guidelines in the 18th and 19th centuries regarding vital records.
Vital Records Information http://vitalrec.com/index.html
Provides information about where to obtain vital records from each state and