Pennsylvania, Obituary and Marriage Collection (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Type Newspaper
Collection years 1947-2010
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records from 1947 to 2010. This collection of Newspaper clippings was collected by the Old Buncombe County, North Carolina Genealogical Society. The records are announcements of:

  • Births
  • Baptisms
  • Engagements
  • Marriages
  • Anniversaries
  • Obituaries
  • Retirements
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Pennsylvania, Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010.

Collection Content

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The obituaries are from Berks, Lebanon and Lehigh County newspapers. The publication data is given for each article. They usually contain:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Age
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date and place
  • Names of parents, spouse or other relatives
  • Name of newspaper, date and place of publication

Wedding and anniversary announcements often contain

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Residences
  • Marriage date and place
  • Names of parents and other relatives
  • Name of newspaper, date and place of publication

Birth and baptism announcements often contain

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Names of parents
  • Birthplace
  • Residence
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Baptism sponsors

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of death or marriage
  • Residence
  • Names of other family members

As of October, 2014 this is a browse-only collection. It is not indexed. The obituaries are arranged in alphabetized groups, except for the largest A-Z surname group, which is an index to an unidentified book, with names and page numbers only (no dates).

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 "Record Type" category
⇒ Select the "Year and Surname Range" category which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. Be aware that 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.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. 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 article 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.
  • Information in these records may be brief so it is easy to confuse individuals.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same locality or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • The name of the undertaker, mortuary or officiator could lead you to church, funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.

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.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • 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. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.

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:

“Pennsylvania, Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Old Buncombe County, North Carolina Genealogical Society, Asheville, North Carolina.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking 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 Pennsylvania, Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010.

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