U.S. Obituary Search (1977 - Today)

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Obits are frequently published in newspapers where your deceased ancestor resided or other family members lived. Broaden your recent obits search to include multiple localities and newspapers for the best results.

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Obituaries offer valuable insights into your family history helping you to expand your family tree past names and dates.

Recent obituaries are amazing resources that uncover stories of our ancestors helping us fill in the blanks in our family trees and discover who and where we come from. They’re often the missing link or the best starting point for many successful genealogy searches. With GenealogyBank you can search recent U.S. obituaries in our digital archive with ease. You can search obituaries by name state, and more.

Obituaries are often mini-narratives of a person’s life often highlighting or summarizing major happenings between “born on” and “deceased on”. The language in obituaries from “married high school sweethearts” to “fulfilled a lifelong dream of” to “had a passion for service” or “was honored with” tells us what our ancestors were really about and what mattered to them the most. It’s these nuanced and invaluable details that makes obituaries such a crucial key in so many family history quests.

With GenealogyBank’s obituary search you can find out relevant information, including:

  1. Where an ancestor is likely buried.
  2. The name of the cemetery and/or funeral home responsible for their burial.
  3. Major accomplishments in your ancestors’ lives — what schools they attended/graduated from, job/career accomplishments, and mentions of church and community orgs they belonged to, if any.
  4. Names of towns and neighborhoods they lived in.
  5. Names of and details about then-surviving relatives and friends.
  6. Who were/are the descendants?
  7. And possibly more!

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