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Obituaries: Getting all the clues

Thomas Jay Kemp Director, Genealogy Products NewsBank, inc. 28 March 2012

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Obituaries -

Obituaries • Full name • Names of relatives

Obituaries • Full name • Names of relatives • Name of cemetery

Obituaries • Full name • Names of relatives • Name of cemetery • Name of clergy and their denomination

Obituaries • Full name • Names of relatives • Date, place and cause of death • Name of cemetery • Name of clergy and their denomination

Obituaries • Full name • Names of relatives • Date, place and cause of death • Date and place of birth • Name of cemetery • Name of clergy and their denomination

Obituaries • Full name • Names of relatives • Date, place and cause of death • Date and place of birth • Date and place of marriage • Name of cemetery • Name of clergy and their denomination

Obituaries • Full name • Names of relatives • Date, place and cause of death • Date and place of birth • Date and place of marriage • Name of cemetery • Name of clergy and their denomination • Occupation • Education • Social groups

Let’s see a typical obituary -

Charlotte Observer (North Carolina) 30 November 1920, page 13.

Let’s see a typical obituary -

Let’s see a typical obituary -

Let’s see a typical obituary -

Find the ancestral home town -

Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana) 26 April 1893, page 4.

Can be printed across the country -

San Francisco Bulletin (California) 23 October 1874, page 2.

Printed in another language

El Continental (El Paso, Texas) 20 January 1959, page 3.

Or in long lost styles & syntax -

Boston News Letter (Massachusetts) 30 April 1705, page 2

Or in long lost styles & syntax -

Providence Patriot (Rhode Island) 18 September 1822, page 3

Or in long lost styles & syntax -

Providence Patriot (Rhode Island) 18 September 1822, page 3

Or in long lost styles & syntax -

Providence Patriot (Rhode Island) 18 September 1822, page 3

Or in long lost styles & syntax -

Providence Patriot (Rhode Island) 18 September 1822, page 3

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…. Papers Please Copy -

Typical Search -

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What do you have on Grace (Toms) Stewart – who was born and married in Stamford, CT?
What do we know about her? Her maiden name: Born: Spouse: Other: Grace Toms abt1896 in Stamford, CT Charles Stewart “Toms” family lived/died in Stamford area.

Search for Grace Stewart = Over 3,500 hits

Search for Grace Stewart = Over 3,500 hits Just Recent Obituaries = 167 hits

Search for Grace Stewart = Over 3,500 hits Just Recent Obituaries = 167 hits
Limit to CT only = None

Search for Charles Stewart = Over 700 hits Just CT Obituaries = 1 hit

Not him

New Search for Grace Stewart Adding “Stamford” to the Extra search terms box

Just One Obituary

It was her:

Grace M. Stewart, 93, …. died of pneumonia Feb. 1 at the Collingswood Nursing …Center, Rockville, MD “…a native of Stamford, Conn. …”

“Her husband, Charles Stewart, died in 1920.”
Washington Post – 4 Feb 1992

Some Practical Tips

Some Practical Tips

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