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FamilySearch and GenealogyBank partner to make over a billion names from historical obituaries searchable online.

Obituaries can solve family puzzles, tell stories, dispel myths, and provide tremendous help with family history research.

Finding your ancestors' names in obituaries has never been easier. Through the FamilySearch and GenealogyBank partnership the valuable information contained in obituaries, including name of the deceased, survived-by names, family relationships, locations and dates will be indexed, making it easier for genealogists to discover relatives and gain a deeper understanding of their family's past.

Enter your ancestor's name below to search obituaries in over 6,500 newspapers online now.

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  e.g.: 1804 - 1849 or June 1804 - August 1849

GenealogyBank and FamilySearch have entered into a multi-year partnership to index millions of obituaries with updates released every month. Want them faster? Help us speed up the number of names released each month by indexing obituaries yourself. Find out more at

Advance your family history research with the largest obituary archive online:

  • 47 million current obituaries
  • 115 million historical obituaries
  • 3.5 million obituaries added every year
  • 85% death coverage of the last decade
  • Most Comprehensive U.S. Newspaper Obituaries¬†Collection

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Famous Obituaries

Learn more about the lives of celebrities, politicians, athletes and more, by reading their newspaper obituaries.

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Robin Williams, Michael Jackson, Audrey Hepburn
Accessed September 2014

The success of the obituary indexing campaign will depend on volunteers.

With hundreds of millions of obituaries to index, the success and speed of this project relies on volunteers.
Everyone can easily contribute. Find out more at

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