Obituaries: How to Find Information about Deceased Individuals


An obituary is a notice of the death of a person, usually published in a newspaper, written or commissioned by the newspaper, and usually includes a short biography that describes a person’s history, family and important life events. It is similar to a funeral notice, which is also published on the obituary page. Obituaries are sometimes referred to as obits.  A funeral notice is a paid advertisement written by family members, placed in the newspaper by the funeral home.

The following are links to websites with obituary listings, archives and records.

Funeral Net – Online obituary, funeral, cremation, and cemetery resource. Search obituaries, cemeteries, and funeral homes from across the country, post a classified ad, find cremation sites and much more.

Interment – contains thousands of transcriptions of cemetery records and tombstone inscriptions, from cemeteries in the USA, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. Also includes lists of specialized burial locations such as for people who died in mining disasters, ship wrecks, airship disasters, train wrecks and more. One of the largest and best search sites on the web. – A nationwide resource for obituaries. Contains a huge collection of individual listings from celebrities and other famous deaths.

Newspaper Obituaries – – Description: Access newspaper death notices and discover your genealogy online. Discover obituary resources like old newspaper obituaries archives and Download free genealogy forms and printable family tree charts. Includes articles that provide advice on writing sympathy cards, eulogies, condolences and more.

Obituary Central – Obituary Central is an obituary database for finding obituaries and performing cemetery searches. Order birth and death certificates online, search historical newspaper collections, and much more.

Obituary Depot – Contains over 503,000 obituary citations from newspapers around the world.

Obituary Daily Times – A free daily index of published obituaries across the world..  The Obituary Daily Times mailing list is intended primarily for Family Historians, researchers and compilers.

National Obituary Archive – The world’s largest repository of obituaries and death records with million of individual entries on file. Visitors may search the archive to learn about the deaths of friends or family or to explore relationships when building family trees or doing genealogical research.


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