Michigan, Van Buren County, Obituary Card File (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of an index and images of obituary card file in possession of the Paw Paw District Library, Paw Paw, Michigan. The card file contains newspaper clippings and some transcribed information; contains no obituaries for surnames that begin with the letter G. The file covers the years 1880 to 2005.
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
Information found in this collection 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.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?
- 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.
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.
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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.
- "Michigan, Van Buren County, Obituary Card File, ca. 1880-2005." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Paw Paw District Library, Paw Paw, Michigan.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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