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Learn how to research your departed ancestors using newspaper obituaries. This PPT presentation demonstrates how to search for family history information in the newspaper obituary records of your deceased relatives.

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obituaries getting all the clues

Obituaries: Getting all the clues

Thomas Jay Kemp

Director, Genealogy Products

NewsBank, inc.

28 March 2012

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Over 1 billion names
  • Over 5,850newspapers
    • All 50 states
    • 1690 to today
  • Over 263,000 rare books & documents
  • 210 million obituaries & death records
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Newspapers

5,850 & Growing! 1690-Today

obituaries
Obituaries -
  • Full name
  • Names of relatives
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Obituaries -
  • Full name
  • Names of relatives
  • Name of cemetery
obituaries8
Obituaries -
  • Full name
  • Names of relatives
  • Name of cemetery
  • Name of clergy and their denomination
obituaries9
Obituaries -
  • Full name
  • Names of relatives
  • Date, place and cause of death
  • Name of cemetery
  • Name of clergy and their denomination
obituaries10
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
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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
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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
Let’s see a typical obituary -

Charlotte Observer (North Carolina)

30 November 1920, page 13.

find the ancestral home town
Find the ancestral home town -

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

can be printed across the country
Can be printed across the country -

San Francisco Bulletin (California)

23 October 1874, page 2.

printed in another language
Printed in another language

El Continental (El Paso, Texas)

20 January 1959, page 3.

or in long lost styles syntax
Or in long lost styles & syntax -

Boston News Letter (Massachusetts)

30 April 1705, page 2

or in long lost styles syntax21
Or in long lost styles & syntax -

Providence Patriot (Rhode Island)

18 September 1822, page 3

or in long lost styles syntax22
Or in long lost styles & syntax -

Providence Patriot (Rhode Island)

18 September 1822, page 3

or in long lost styles syntax23
Or in long lost styles & syntax -

Providence Patriot (Rhode Island)

18 September 1822, page 3

or in long lost styles syntax24
Or in long lost styles & syntax -

Providence Patriot (Rhode Island)

18 September 1822, page 3

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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: Grace TomsBorn: abt1896 in Stamford, CTSpouse: Charles StewartOther: “Toms” family lived/died in Stamford area.

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Search for Grace Stewart

= Over 3,500 hits

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Search for Grace Stewart

= Over 3,500 hits

Just Recent Obituaries = 167 hits

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Search for Grace Stewart

= Over 3,500 hits

Just Recent Obituaries = 167 hits

Limit to CT only = None

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Search for Charles Stewart

= Over 700 hits

Just CT Obituaries = 1 hit

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New Search for Grace Stewart

Adding “Stamford” to the

Extra search terms box

Just One Obituary

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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

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Can You Read This?

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr theiproamtnt ltteres in a wrod are, the olny tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm.

Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Azanmig huh?

yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

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Over 1 billion names
  • Over 5,850 newspapers
    • All 50 states
    • 1690 to today
  • Over 263,000 rare books & documents
  • 210 million obituaries & death records
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