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Record Description

This collection consists of an index and images of cards and newspaper clippings from the following newspapers:

  • Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)
  • Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff)
  • Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
  • Daily News Sun (Sun City)
  • Independent (White Mountain, Show Low)
  • Mesa Tribune (Mesa).

These records are housed at the Mesa Family History Center. The collection covers the years 1993 to 1994.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Arizona Obituary Index to Arizona Newspapers,1993-1994.

Record Content

Obituaries usually include the following:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Occupation and residence
  • Names of surviving family members
  • Cause of death
  • Date, place and time of funeral services or burial

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The person’s name
  • The approximate death date
  • The person’s last known residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Surname Range" which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. Be aware that you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • These records are often brief so it can be easy to confuse individuals.
  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.

Using the Information

Once you have located your ancestor’s obituary, look at the pieces of information given in the obituary for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the birth date or year to search for birth records.
  • Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records.
  • Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • These records are often brief so it can be easy to confuse individuals.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for a burial record in cemeteries near where your ancestor lived.

Related Websites

Arizona Obituaries

Related Wiki Articles

Arizona Genealogy

How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

“Arizona Obituary Index to Arizona Newspapers,1993-1994.” Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Mesa Family History Center, Mesa Arizona.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Arizona Obituary Index to Arizona Newspapers,1993-1994.

 

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