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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