Why Use Obituaries for Family History Research?
Obituaries are often the missing link or the best starting point for many successful genealogy searches. They are mini-narratives of a person’s life often highlighting major happenings between "born on" and "deceased on". Facts you can learn in obituaries & death notices:
- Name, date of death, place and year of birth
- Names of children, where they lived, and their position in the family's birth order
- Names of the towns and how long they lived in each one
- Age of spouse at death and how long ago that was
- Details on the longevity of parents and grandparents
- Name of cemetery, date and place of the funeral and burial