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Tracing Your Ancestors The Philadelphia Inquirer Obituaries

Obituaries can be a powerful tool to help you uncover your true family lineage. GenealogyBank's collection of Philadelphia Inquirer obituaries dates back to 1981 to the present day. Was your ancestor a leading public figure, the local coach, or just like you...? Find out with a quick search. 

Not only do obituaries teach you about your ancestors, but they can also provide critical information on other family members, their marital status, their cause of death, or the community they lived in. Start with searching just a name and date and watch family history come to life. 

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History of the Philadelphia Inquirer

The Philadelphia Inquirer is one of the oldest surviving American newspapers to date and well respected, winning 20 Pulitzer Prizes. Today, the paper continues to cover all local, national, and international news stories. 

The newspaper was initially created to produce work during the American Civil War, but soon became one of the most popular newspapers in Pennsylvania. In fact, the Inquirer even produced special editions for union soldiers so they could current with the war efforts and events that were happening back home.

Although the Philadelphia Inquirer has gone through several changes in ownership throughout its history, it is still a popular publication throughout Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania to this day.

If you are from Philadelphia or had family members who lived or worked in the city, use our database of Philadelphia Inquirer obituaries to discover the moments that defined your ancestors. Search by name, date, or keyword. Obituaries are a valuable genealogy resource waiting to help you learn more than just the names and dates of your ancestors.