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Obituaries << Newspapers <<

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Obituaries Guide

Newspapers-
Obituaries
What's In Them Where to Find Them How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death


  • May also include:
  • Names of surviving relatives
  • Residence of deceased
  • Date and/or place of birth
  • Length of residence in that community
  • Name of hospital, funeral home and/or cemetery
  • Funeral details
  • Church, social, political, ethnic and other affiliations
  • Occupation
  • Cause of death
  • Names of parents or siblings
  • Military service
  • Life highlights - e.g., books published, overseas travel, favorite hobbies, etc.
  • Characterization of the deceased
  • Details about death of spouse, if predeceased
  • Local libraries in the area of interest
    State libraries, archives or societies and/or compiled sources for that locality as found in
    http://www.byub.org/
    ancestors/resourceguide/

    Other online newspaper resources

    General compiled sources such as the FHL Catalog:
    http://www.familysearch.org/
     Search/searchcatalog.asp

    Online cemetery resources

  • To learn when your ancestor died
  • To learn about his/her life
  • To learn the cause of death
  • To learn about the community's view of your ancestor
  • To find ancestor's residence
  • To learn date and/or place of ancestor's birth
  • To learn of other relatives
  • To find information for additional research (e.g., name of cemetery or funeral home)
  • To find occupation
  • To find place of origin, if an immigrant
  • To discover approximately when the ancestor moved there from another country or community
  • To learn of social and other affiliations (possibly, for follow-up research)
  • To find clues about timing of the death of a spouse
  • To learn about military service
  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in family records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Newspapers episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
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