This Newspapers.com index contains newspaper obituaries published in the United States from the early 1800s until now. Some are simply published versions of tombstones, with names, birthdates, and death dates. Obituaries can provide information other historical sources can’t offer, including employment and education histories, volunteer activities, and military service records.
- Details present may include:
- Name of the deceased
- Gender of the deceased
- Birth date and place and/or age at death
- Marriage date and place
- Death and/or burial date
- Residence and/or death place
- Obituary date and place
- Names of parents, spouse, children, and/or siblings
- Original publication details
A detailed obituary can be an excellent starting point for family research. Family names and relationships can be added to a family tree. Military service information can lead to enlistment and pension records. Birth and marriage dates can open a path to newspaper announcements and official birth and marriage certificates. A church funeral location may lead to additional church records.
This database is presented index only, with a link to the digitized page on Newspapers.com™. Clicking on the link will open the image on the Newspapers.com™ site, which may require an additional upgrade or subscription.
These facts were pulled from a record by a computer and may not be accurate.
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