Monday, 21 March 2011

Using Obituaries for Research

When you are researching for your ancestors, don’t overlook the obituary. In the obituary you not only find the date of death, but you may also find an address, siblings or parents who died prior to the ancestor, spouse or offspring who were still living at the time of your ancestor’s death, and maybe even a cause of death. Obituaries are often the key to adding the missing twigs on your family tree. As well, the obituary provides the name of the funeral home and if they are still in existence, you can contact them to see if they have a funeral card, their certificate of death, and they may be able to tell you who they dealt with in making the arrangements for the funeral.

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