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This collection will include records from 1930-1970. These records contain an index to card file of newspaper clippings of death notices collected by Mrs. Lanthe Hebel & Miss Muriel Link. The card file is located at the Grand Rapids Public Library in Michigan. The date written on the card is usually the date the death notice appeared in the paper.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- “Michigan, Muriel Obituary File, 1930-1970.” Index or Index and Images or Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Mrs. Lanthe Hebel & Miss Muriel Link. Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids. Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.
Obituary cards may include the following information:
- Full name of deceased
- Birth date and place
- Death date and place
- Burial place
- Names of family members
- Cause of death
- Other biographical details
How to Use the Record
To search the collection it is helpful to know
- Name of the deceased
- Identifying information such as birth date or residence
Search the Collection
To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image.
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "Surname Range" category 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 with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- 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.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.
Using the Information
Next, 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 the residence and relative’s names to find the family in census, 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.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.
- Obituaries and Guest Books
- Michigan Obituaries
- Michigan Obituaries from Public Libraries
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