Obituaries in genealogy research
August 18, 2004
I really enjoyed the piece called "Tips for genealogy research" by mariwinn.

A fantastic resource for family researchers, both new and veteran, is the obituary. While the standard for the content of an obituary differs from newspaper to newspaper and funeral home to funeral home, it can be argued that many clues can be extracted from even the shortest of obits.

Here are some clues that can be found in well-written obituaries:

1. Full name of deceased

2. Birth and death dates

3. Towns of birth and death

4. Parents names

5. Surviving family members

6. Deceased family members

7. Military service information

8. Religious affiliation

9. Society affiliations

10. Occupation

11. Funeral information

12. Burial information

Online resources for obituary research are:

Obituary Central

Obituary Links Page


Other genealogy tools include:

Marriage Search Engines

Surname Search Utility


Good luck in your family research!

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