The Whatcom Genealogy Society charges $10.00 per hour. Before you put out that kind of money for who knows how many hours of research.
First, obits back in that time period were not as common as today, unless a person was rich, famous, infamous or had died to a newsworthy accident or homicide. A true obit was written by a reporter. Many family members did not want to pay for an in-depth notice for many reasons, cost, the member didn't live in the area long enough, people that would have known they died-probably did, etc. There could be a funeral notice, but it wasn't much more than an advertisement for the funeral home. OR, you could luck out with enough information to identify a burial place, or an obit.
--The Washington State Library has a free research service, the ask-a-librarian program, where they will look for information in the archives, in this case the newspaper microfilm for an event, such as an obituary. They will look up to an hour and send you the results. Contact them at: http://www.secstate.wa.gov/library/ask.aspx . Depending on the amount of requests, it could take up to a couple of weeks.
Cemetery transcriptions. Not all cemeteries have been transcribed. In fact, few. AND, of those that were, graves could be missed, stones broken or missing, etc. So, the likelihood of finding their name in a trancription is less than a good one. AND, add to that the possibility of a person being moved to another location. The younger the person, or the less time in an area, the more likely. Here is one listing:
I looked through all, with no results.
There is ONE researcher that will do obits in Whatcom County, and cemetery indices. http://www.raogk.org/washingt4.htm
READ the guidelines first.
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