I’m sure you’ve heard of online obituary databases. But do you know how to use them?
If not, then this article is for you! It’ll show you how to find someone’s public obituary, what information can be found in an obituary records and how to find historic records.
Obituaries are typically published by news organizations, though data miners also collect obituaries and make them publicly available.
Obituaries are typically published by news organizations, though data miners also collect obituaries and make them publicly available. Obituaries are gathered from funeral homes and churches, but they’re also often collected from the obituary pages of local newspapers and online sources like social media accounts.
There are also free search engines, such as Google and Bing, that can be used to locate public obituaries if you know the person’s name and/or their state of residence at time of death. Public records of this kind tend to be fairly reliable, but if you’re looking for an exact date or place, it might be best not to rely on a newspaper article alone especially because there may have been some mistakes made in reporting this information!
Some websites, like Find a Grave, contain hundreds of millions of historic records, including death notices and headstone photos.
Some websites, like Find a Grave, contain hundreds of millions of historic records, including death notices and headstone photos. The site has been around since 2000 and is one of the most comprehensive sources for finding old obituaries online.
You can search for a person by name or by location. Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, you’ll see all the details about their passing including when they died, where they died (if applicable), their age at death and cause of death. You’ll also find any additional information that was included in their obituary such as an image of them when alive or a photo from their funeral service if available.
Additionally, if you know who published an obituary about someone else’s passing but aren’t sure where it appeared such as your local newspaper you can leave this information with Find A Grave so that researchers can later find its source material through its database!
Many people have public obituaries and you can find them on the internet
When someone dies, obituary announcements are often published in local newspapers. These public notices can be found on the internet, and they provide a wealth of information about the deceased. The obituary database also includes additional details like birth dates and place, parents’ names, spouse’s name(s), occupation and workplace history. Many databases will even include digital images of the deceased’s headstone or tombstone photos from their final resting place.
If you want to conduct research into genealogy but don’t know where to start or what resources are available for free online then this article is for you! I’ve taken all my favorite resources from my past blog posts about finding ancestors online and made them into one big list just for you! It’s designed with newbie genealogy enthusiasts in mind; however most of these sites work great for experienced researchers too.