Obituaries are a treasure trove of information. Almost anyone searching for information about their family will tell you that obituaries are one of the best record sources available for getting great information about a person. That’s because many obituaries contain not just dates and places, but they often provide valuable information about the children, parents, spouse, and siblings of the deceased as well as their religious affiliation, life accomplishments, and much more. In a single obituary you could find dozens of valuable clues that could unlock secrets to your family in ways you never dreamed possible. In other cases, an obituary might simply mention an ancestor’s name without any additional information.
FamilySearch.org now makes it easier than ever to find out if an obituary is available for your ancestors. To get an idea of what you might find in the FamilySearch.org obituary database, go to the Discover Your Ancestors in Obituaries page. The search engine will look through a small sampling of obituaries and show you what could be in them about some of your ancestors. This search will not be an exhaustive search, but it will give a small sampling of what you could find in the millions of obituaries now in the FamilySearch.org database.