Obituaries are an important newspaper notice for friends and relatives of a
who has passed on, and for family historians.
Obituaries are mini biographies that form a memorial
tribute to a person's life.
Obituaries often identify relationships of the deceased
as sibling, child, grandparent, parent etc., to numerous other
Obituaries may even suggest other documentation
of an individual's death - church or cemetery records (by
identifying the place of burial or the officiating minister); a death certificate in another county
because the hospital was located there;
or records of a coroner's inquest because the death was sudden
In conducting research, it is necessary to search the
files of all likely newspapers. It is impossible to know which, if any, newspaper is going to have the
most complete or best obituary. Most cities have more than one newspaper and
an obituary for a specific individual can appear in more than one
Vital Records play an important part in documenting a
loved one or ancestors life. Information on how to obtain
birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates can be found
This site contains over 4,200 pages enabling access to more than
25 million obituaries. Obituary and death indexes are browsable
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