The state archives are close to where I live so I can access all of the records held there. In Vermont all births, deaths and marriages are recorded in the town in which they occurred. Copies of all of these records are in the state archives. I can visit cemeteries within a reasonable distance of where I live. I normally do not do obit lookups due to the time required to do so. Some day I will retire after which I will have more time to do things that require more time.