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Obituaries Guide

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

    Other online newspaper resources

    General compiled sources such as the FHL Catalog:

    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