How To Search For Deceased Family Members In Obituaries

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Learn how to use obituaries to find your deceased family members. This deck demonstrates searching obituary records to uncover the clues that will help you discover long lost relatives that have passed away and trace your family tree.

Learn how to do genealogy research using old newspaper obituaries.

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How To Search For Deceased Family Members In Obituaries

  1. 1. Obituaries: Getting all the clues Thomas Jay Kemp Director, Genealogy Products NewsBank, inc. 28 March 2012 Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  2. 2. ◦ Over 1 billion names ◦ Over 5,850 newspapers  All 50 states  1690 to today ◦ Over 263,000 rare books & documents ◦ 210 million obituaries & death recordsSearch Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  3. 3. Newspapers 5,850 & Growing! 1690-Today Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  4. 4. GenealogyBank Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  5. 5. Obituaries - Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  6. 6. Obituaries -• Full name• Names of relatives Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  7. 7. Obituaries -• Full name • Name of cemetery• Names of relatives Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  8. 8. Obituaries -• Full name • Name of cemetery• Names of relatives • Name of clergy and their denomination Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  9. 9. Obituaries -• Full name • Name of cemetery• Names of relatives • Name of clergy and• Date, place and their denomination cause of death Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  10. 10. Obituaries -• Full name • Name of cemetery• Names of relatives • Name of clergy and• Date, place and their denomination cause of death• Date and place of birth Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  11. 11. Obituaries -• Full name • Name of cemetery• Names of relatives • Name of clergy and• Date, place and their denomination cause of death• Date and place of birth• Date and place of marriage Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  12. 12. Obituaries -• Full name • Name of cemetery• Names of relatives • Name of clergy and• Date, place and their denomination cause of death • Occupation• Date and place of • Education birth • Social groups• Date and place of marriage Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  13. 13. Let’s see a typical obituary - Charlotte Observer (North Carolina) 30 November 1920, page 13. Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  14. 14. Let’s see a typical obituary - Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  15. 15. Let’s see a typical obituary - Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  16. 16. Let’s see a typical obituary - Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  17. 17. Find the ancestral home town - Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana) 26 April 1893, page 4. Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  18. 18. Can be printed across the country - San Francisco Bulletin (California) 23 October 1874, page 2. Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  19. 19. Printed in another language - El Continental (El Paso, Texas) 20 January 1959, page 3. Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  20. 20. Or in long lost styles & syntax - Boston News Letter (Massachusetts) 30 April 1705, page 2 Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  21. 21. Or in long lost styles & syntax - Providence Patriot (Rhode Island) 18 September 1822, page 3 Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  22. 22. Or in long lost styles & syntax - Providence Patriot (Rhode Island) 18 September 1822, page 3 Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  23. 23. Or in long lost styles & syntax - Providence Patriot (Rhode Island) 18 September 1822, page 3 Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  24. 24. Or in long lost styles & syntax - Providence Patriot (Rhode Island) 18 September 1822, page 3 Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  25. 25. …. Papers Please Copy - Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  26. 26. …. Papers Please Copy - Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  27. 27. Typical Search -Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  28. 28. Typical SearchSearch Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  29. 29. Typical Search -Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  30. 30. Typical Search -Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  31. 31. Typical Search -Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  32. 32. Typical Search -Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  33. 33. Typical Search -Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  34. 34. GenealogyBank.com Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  35. 35. What do you have on Grace (Toms) Stewart – who wasborn and married in Stamford, CT?What do we know about her?Her maiden name: Grace TomsBorn: abt1896 in Stamford, CTSpouse: Charles StewartOther: “Toms” family lived/died in Stamford area. Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  36. 36. Search for Grace Stewart= Over 3,500 hits Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  37. 37. Search for Grace Stewart= Over 3,500 hitsJust Recent Obituaries = 167 hits Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  38. 38. Search for Grace Stewart= Over 3,500 hitsJust Recent Obituaries = 167 hitsLimit to CT only = None Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  39. 39. Search for Charles Stewart= Over 700 hitsJust CT Obituaries = 1 hit Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  40. 40. Not him Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  41. 41. New Search for Grace StewartAdding “Stamford” to theExtra search terms boxJust One Obituary Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  42. 42. It was her:Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  43. 43. Grace M. Stewart, 93, …. died of pneumonia Feb. 1 at theCollingswood Nursing …Center, Rockville, MD“…a native of Stamford, Conn. …”“Her husband, Charles Stewart, died in 1920.”Washington Post – 4 Feb 1992 Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  44. 44. Some Practical Tips Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  45. 45. Some Practical Tips Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  46. 46. Can You Read This?i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulacltyuesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid,aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at CmabrigdeUinervtisy, it dsenot mtaetr in waht oerdrtheiproamtnt ltteres in a wrod are, the olnytihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in therghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses andyou can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm.Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raedervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.Azanmig huh?yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling wasipmorantt! Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  47. 47. Some Practical Tips Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  48. 48. ◦ Over 1 billion names ◦ Over 5,850 newspapers  All 50 states  1690 to today ◦ Over 263,000 rare books & documents ◦ 210 million obituaries & death recordsSearch Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
  49. 49. We have never had this level of access before Search Obituaries - GenealogyBank.com
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