Obituaries from the past can be an
important part of present day
genealogical research. Genealogy has become an increasingly common
pastime for many, and - of course - is greatly aided by the
Internet. Genealogy is one of the more common online searches. (Be
careful not to search for the misspelled
Searching the obituaries of our ancestors can lead not only to knowing
the facts about their lives and something about their stories, but also
the names of relatives, the place of interment, and more. Read closely
- the names of mourners and pallbearers, for example, could provide new
clues to family relationships.
Writing more accurate and complete obituaries today will make searching
for our family
histories better in the future. In that vein, remember to include what
seems obvious today, but may not be in the future, for example, the
year of death, the place of residence, or the place of interment.
Resources and Links
Genealogy / Obituary Bookshelf
Search results of Amazon.com for genealogy /
Access the world's largest family history collection, with
billions of records. Subscription based - free 14-day trial.
- Canada Subscription based - free 14-day
Ancestry.com - Historic Newspapers Online
Search millions of pages of historic newspapers from
the US, Canada, and the UK dating back to the
1700s. Subscription based - free 14-day trial.
Ancestry.com - Obituary Collection Search 9
million obituaries from the US, Canada, the UK, Europe, and Australia.
Subscription based - free 14-day trial.
Genealogy and History Internet Education Directory
The aim of this website is to "promote scholarly educational
access to all key worldwide Internet genealogical and family history
databases and resources."
Obituaries on the Web Access to
databases of archived obituaries on the Internet – 6 million
free newspaper obituaries in the United States.
Central This website is an obituary
database for finding obituaries and performing cemetery searches.
Lookup Volunteers An
all-volunteer web site and mailing list that provides obituary lookups
all over the world. Volunteers from many locations could be
able to help in your obituary research.
(Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet)
The Obituaries section of this comprehensive guide to genealogy
Help Resource for online and newspaper obituaries
archives and genealogy research.
Surname in History
Ancestry.com can compile a 98 page
book on your surname: where people with your name came from, emigrated
where they live now, and other details. Information on nearly 300,000
names - just click on the link and then enter your surname after "Name
in History:" in the search
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