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Obituaries

  • American Friend Obituary Index. This index of obituaries and death notices in the American Friend was compiled between 1996 and 1999 by Thomas D. Hamm. The American Friend, published between 1894 and 1960, was formed through the merger of the Philadelphia Friends' Review and the Chicago Christian Worker in 1894. Earlham College Libraries.
     
  • America's Obituaries & Death Notices. The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. Searchable nationwide or by state; must be accessed through a public library onsite or online, depending on your library.  From Newsbank.

  • Ancestors at Rest. Find your ancestors in death records. Search free death records such as coffin plates, death cards, funeral cards, wills, church records, family bibles, cenotaphs and tombstone inscriptions on AncestorsAtRest.com.  Find links to other death records like cemeteries, vital stats, and obituaries.
     
  • Ancestry's Newspaper Obituary Database - A huge collection of millions of obituaries from over 100 newspapers from around the world. (Requires paid membership)
     
  • Canadian Obituary Links - Links to online Canadian obituaries, cemetery inscriptions, birth, marriage, and death notices, arranged by territory.
     
  • Death Indexes and Records. Directory of online death indexes arranged by state and county. Includes death records, death certificate indexes, death notices, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery records.
     
  • Family Surname Obituary Archives Online - Thousands of links to online obituaries, cemetery inscriptions, birth, marriage, and death notices, arranged by state and county.
     
  • Funeral Depot: Obituaries. Funeral Depot has compiled newspapers from all across America that have obituaries.
     
  • Funeralnet - Search Funeralnet's U.S. obituary database.

  • Johnson, Marilyn. The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries. New York: HarperCollins, 2006.
     
  • Legacy.com - Hosts the obituary sites of more than 200 leading U.S. newspapers and links to the Social Security Death Index.
     
  • ObitsArchive.com - Is the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices in the United States. Each obituary or death notice is indexed by the name of the deceased person, to make searching easier and more precise. In addition, the text of each obituary or death notice is searchable, making it easy to find just what you're looking for using a place of residence, occupation, names of family members, or other personal information.
     
  • Obituaries Online. Links lead to obituaries, death or funeral notices, mostly from newspapers
     
  • ObituariesHelp.org. Designed to offer resources for obituaries, funerals and genealogy search.

  • Obituary Archive Directories  - Data files by state.
     
  • Obituary Central - Headquarters for searching obituaries on the web.
     
  • Obituary Central Birth Calculator - Tool for determining birth date.
     
  • Obituary Daily Times - This Rootsweb database contains over 6.5 million records from obituaries around the world and is updated daily.
     
  • Obituary Gateway.

  • Obituary Index. The Rutheford B. Hayes Presidential Center offers an Ohio Obituary Index with more than 1,200,000 indexed obituaries. Other newspaper items are in the index, including wills and estates and marriage notices, and more. Dates range from 1810 to the present.
     
  • Obituary Links Page - A comprehensive directory of links to online obituaries, cemetery inscriptions, birth, marriage, and death notices, arranged by state and county.
     
  • Online Searchable Death Indexes. Organized by state, it is one of the best places to find links to a wide variety of online indexes for deaths, obituaries, burials, probate records, wills, and other death related records on the Internet.

  • Sheeler, Jim. Obit: Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People Who Led Extraordinary Lives. Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Publishing, 2007. A collection of forty-two Colorado obituaries that Sheeler calls "inspiring stories of ordinary people who led extraordinary lives."
     
  • Social Security Death Index - A valuable research tool along with important SSDI tips.
     
  • Special Obituary Collections on the Web - A collection of sites which host an archive of obits for an organization or group.
     
  • Today's Obituaries - A listing of up-to-the-minute obituaries of notables across the world.
     
  • Tributes & Memorials - Post your loved one's tribute or obituary.
     
  • USGenWeb - Obituary Project