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Record Description
Record Type Obituaries
Collection years 2001-2014
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of and index to obituaries published on Obituaries are from all over the United States. The collection covers the years 2001 to 2014.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The records may contain any of the following:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Birth, death and burial date and place
  • Residences
  • Names of family members
  • Name of funeral home
  • Cause of death
  • Funeral officiator
  • Name of newspaper, date and place of publication
  • Other details such as military service

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of death.
  • The place where your ancestor lived.
  • The names of other family members and their relationships.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your family member to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your family 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 family member’s name.
  • Your relative may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life. If they 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.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s obituary, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use information from the obituary to locate church records.
  • Use information to find the family in census records.
  • Use the information to find a death certificate.
  • Use the information found in the obituary to search for the family in additional state and county records.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

“ Index, 2001-2014. ” Database . FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. From multiple collections. Index.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Index, 2001-2014.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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