A Closer Look at Obituaries in Genealogy Research: Not Just a Death DateRead Now
A Closer Look at Obituaries in Genealogy Research: Not Just a Death Date
Did you know that when it comes to genealogy research, obituaries are fantastic secondary genealogy resources that can give you a plethora of information on your ancestors? Not only can you get your ancestor’s death information, but obituaries offer a tremendous amount of information and details that will often lead you to many of your next steps!
What You Can Find in an Obituary:
Take a look at some of the examples below, and see what information I was able to get for my ancestors from them!
Obituary Example #1: My 2nd Great Grandfather, Samuel Steinman
What I found:
Obituary Example #2: My 2nd Great Grandmother, Mary Harriet (Hulet) Steinman
What I found:
Obituary Example #3: My 3rd Great Grandmother, Mary (Sherbern) Steinman
What I found:
Some of the information in this obituary had led my father to more resources in his research into this line, including a four-generation photo and a family bible. My father was able to track down the owners of the family bible and the four-generation photo mentioned, and he was able to make copies, which are shown below.
Use obituaries to help you break down some of your genealogy brick walls by finding missing ancestors and their descendants, and so much more! Use ALL the details you find; everything is a clue in genealogy! Remember, these are SECONDARY sources and all the information in them may not be correct, but they can still lead you to other records and info. 😉
What useful or interesting info have you found in an obituary? Let me know in the comments below; I'd love to hear what you’ve found!
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Marian Burk Wood
6/13/2022 11:11:46 am
Obits are fantastic but of course not all the info was correct, as you know! My hubby's grandmother's obit listed her husband's name incorrectly, just one example of many. Good thing I already knew his name ;)
6/13/2022 05:28:32 pm
Yes, they are! Yes, you are right! Just as I had mentioned in my post, all the information found in them may not be correct. I NEVER use the information in just a source or 2, nor take it as fact; MANY sources must be used in conjunction with one another, and as far as I'm concerned, MOST obituaries are secondary sources. ;)
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