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Genealogy > Miscellaneous Sources > Obituaries


Next to Facebook, Obituaries are one of the best sources of family tree information - not only on the deceased (e.g. often may reveal maiden name or parent’s names), but even more so for usually difficult information on the living descendants of the person.  They often list the grown children, spouses, and where they are from (if not the same as the deceased person), same for grand children, etc.

While Ancestry.com has certain Obituary databases, you can typically just google search the deceased person’s name following by “obit” and you will find something, especially if the death was in the past couple of years.  Finding obits for people who have died 5-10+ years back gets more challenging.  Here’s a typical example of one for a cousin of mine who passed away in 2014:

John LeCara Sr., 92, of Hicksville passed away August 27, 2014. Beloved husband of Elizabeth. Loving father of John Jr. and Patricia. Proud grandfather of GinaRose Crowley, Robert C. Crowley, III, Justin M. Crowley, Diana LeCara and Lauren LeCara. Also leaves his brother, Anthony, sister, Nancy Gobbi and four cherished great grandchildren. A Prayer Service and burial with military honors took place Friday, Sept. 5, at Calverton National Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Arthur F. White Funeral Home, Inc.

Obits can range from a one-liner - so and so died on last Tuesday at the age of 87 - to something like the above, and in some cases, you find a complete summary of the persons’ life story.  Always worth a try...