Monday, June 05, 2006

Death Records - Obituaries, Biographies & Tombstones

Online Searchable Death Indexes USA:

The Virtual Cemetery:

Find A Grave: - Cemetery Transcription Library:

US Genweb Tombstone Transcription Project:

Obituaries & Biographies:

Obituary Daily Times:

$$$ GenealogyBank is digitizing the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, which contains obituaries of naval personnel who passed away in the previous year:

Farber Gravestone Collection:
Over 13,500 images documenting the sculpture on more than 9,000 gravestones, most of which were made prior to 1800, in the Northeastern part of the United States. The late Daniel Farber of Worcester, Massachusetts, and his wife, Jessie Lie Farber, were responsible for the largest portion of the collection. This online version of the Farber Gravestone Collection is sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society.

Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts has placed 55,000 burial records of the association's more than 100 cemeteries online:
   Click on "Services," > "Genealogical Search," enter the name (or first four letters of surname), then SEARCH. If available, name, burial location, name of cemetery, street name, and date of death will be displayed for each successful match. Of course, this is only an index!

$$$ Obituary Collection & Obituary Hunter:

Obituary Search Engines:

Chicago Tribune Historical Archive:

Index to 250,000 Sandusky County, Ohio obituaries, 1830s-now: (obits are for sale, however, it can be used as a free index)

America's Obituaries & Death Notices:
  The login "guest" no longer works. I have free access through my public library, however. If you do not, and would like a lookup, please contact me at valorie dot zimmerman at gmail dot com.

Seventh-day Adventist Periodical & Obituary Index:

Pages of the Past 1895-2001 - Toronto Star:
   Pay site; search for year and surname to find obituaries or death notices

Ontario Obituaries:

WWII Casualty lists (also Guion-Miller Roll Index & Index to the Final Rolls (Dawes):

Genealogical research at NARA:

Political Graveyard: - American political biographies; 120,948 politicians, living and dead.

Looking for a famous person, but you don't know if they are still with us? Dead or will answer your question.

Eventually I'll sort these all out better, into separate posts, but until then, also see: Obituaries (keep scrolling down, there is more!), and Vital Records.


How beautiful the body is .... How terrible when torn. The little flame of life sinks lower and lower and, with a flicker, goes out. It goes out like a candle goes out. Quietly and gently. It makes its protest at extinction, then submits. It has its say, then is silent. - Dr Henry Norman Bethune, Thoracic and Military Surgeon and pioneer of blood transfusion on the battlefield

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