Using Obituaries to Find Married Names


  1. RoreyCathcart
    RoreyCathcart September 22, 2012 at 10:27 am .

    Great post Shelley!

    I have been mining obits this way for years. It is more often than not the best, first lead in relocating ‘lost’ daughters in some of my southern families.

  2. Cindy
    Cindy September 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm .

    I so enjoy reading your posts. Valuable info for all of us. Thanks!

  3. MariannSRegan
    MariannSRegan September 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm .

    You give three solid suggestions: marriage records, (some) death indexes, and the “gold standard” of obituaries. I’m just getting into finding obituaries, and newspaper research seems to involve luck as well as diligence–finding those smaller newspapers. I’ve got a folder of obituaries, clipped out of the local papers by my family who live in the same area our ancestors lived in. They’ve been clipping obituaries since long before I started any research! Thank you for this post, Shelley.

  4. Beth Foulk
    Beth Foulk October 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm .

    This is terrific! I have a family in my husband’s line that has 10 children – seven of whom are females. Ugh! I was stuck, but now have a whole bunch of ideas on how to pursue the ladies. thanks!

  5. Pamela Treme
    Pamela Treme December 6, 2012 at 9:51 am .

    Depending on the newspapers style guide and the time frame, obits can list daughters by their first names only. Or, they’ll be identified as Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Jones, etc. If you’re lucky, they also list pallbearers. When I’ve traced the pallbearers, I’ve hit pay dirt in the form of marriages. That is, sons-in-law serving. In addition, you can find grandsons serving too, which allows you to backtrack into a marriage. I used to ignore the pallbearers. Now I look up everyone of ’em.

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