United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Obituaries
Collection years 1980-2014
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GenealogyBank


What Is in This Collection?

This collection is an index to obituaries from thousands of newspapers throughout the United States beginning with the year 1980. This collection is created in partnership with GenealogyBank.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. These images can be viewed online by members of the supporting organization. For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014.

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

The records usually contain:

  • Name of the deceased
  • The age of deceased.
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date and place
  • Names of parents, spouse or other relatives
  • Name of newspaper, date and place of publication
  • Mortuary or undertaker

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of deceased.
  • Approximate death date of the deceased.
  • The place of death.

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

Searching the collection by name will display text from obituaries.

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the ‘’’State of Publication’’’
  2. Select the ‘"Publication Title’’’
  3. Select the ‘’’Year’’’ to view the images.

Over 23 million records in this collection were transcribed by computer. There may be errors with names or relationships. Once you select a person a message appears at the top of the details page that begins with "This record was indexed by a computer; there may be errors". The link reading "the form on this page" opens the "Errors?" link at the lower left corner of the page. Please help us fix these records by reporting errors using the form that appears in the "Errors?" link. Options will appear allowing for the description of the problem. Reported errors will be reviewed and revised as necessary.

The wiki article United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries Collection Errors lists specific information about types of errors in this collection.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the information found in the record to locate the death record.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. You could get a copy of the original record from the GenealogyBank.
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Known Issues With This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem.

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:

“United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014.” Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing GenealogyBank, Naples, Florida.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014.


Image Citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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