Newspapers have reported on the deaths of our ancestors since they were first published. Obituaries have ranged from
simple statements that a person has died to long, detailed accounts of their lives. Obits often refer to other family
members, leading your genealogy research in new, and unexpected, directions. Whether short or long, newspaper
obituaries and death records provide important clues to your family history.
GenealogyBank currently has 215 million newspaper obituaries and death records
covering over 320 years from over 6,500 newspapers. New obituary records
are added daily.
Looking for an ancestor who died before 1977?
Looking for a relative who died before 1977? Search our all-digital Newspaper Archives
(1690–2007) to locate your deceased ancestor's death record. The extensive Newspaper Archives section of
our site contains complete digital copies of newspapers; that's every page, including advertisements, cartoons,
letters to the editor, and—yes—obituaries.
You will find old obituaries within the historical obituaries and in the newspaper article categories.
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Newspaper Obituaries 1977–Current
If the relative you are looking for died after 1976, then the first place to begin searching is this archive of recent
obituaries. These obituaries are the text-only versions just as they were published in the newspapers. Some important
points about this obituary archive:
We receive the same "feed" from the newspapers that they send to their printing plants when the newspapers are
printed; the copy of the obituary on our site is identical to what appeared in the paper.
We have found this method of obituary delivery to be a fast way for genealogists to get access to these obituaries
These new obituaries help genealogists stay current.
This obituary archive is updated throughout the day and even includes the obituaries that will appear in
tomorrow's newspapers from across the country.
Search Recent Newspaper Obituaries