Michigan, Grand Traverse, Traverse City Area Obituaries (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Grand Traverse, Michigan, United States
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Location of Grand Traverse County, Michigan
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Record Description
Record Type Obituaries
Collection years 1900-2005
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What is in the Collection?

The "Grand Traverse, Traverse City Record-Eagle Obituaries" collection consists of an index and images of obituaries of newspaper clippings from the Traverse City Record-Eagle in possession of the Grand Traverse Area Genealogical Society, Traverse City, Michigan. The collection cover the years from about 1900 to 1992.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

The "Grand Traverse, Traverse City Area Obituaries" collection consists of an index and images of obituaries from newspaper clippings in possession of the Grand Traverse Area Genealogical Society, Traverse City, Michigan for the years 1900 to July 2005.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Collection Content

Sample Image

Information found in the obituaries may include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date and place
  • Names of parents
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of children
  • Name of cemetery
  • Name of newspaper
  • Date of obituary publication

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know:

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

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Surname Range" which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. 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.

What Do I Do Next?

Once you have located your ancestor’s obituary, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These records are often brief so it can be easy to confuse individuals. Compare what information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.

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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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
  • 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

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names
  • Look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities



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

"Michigan, Grand Traverse, Traverse City Record-Eagle Obituaries, ca. 1900-1992" and "Michigan, Grand Traverse, Traverse City Area Obituaries, ca. 1900-July 2005." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Grand Traverse Area Genealogical Society, Traverse City, Michigan.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.

Image Citation

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.

Image Citation

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.


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