Where to find Obituaries Online

Looking
for obituaries online can be confusing. Knowing where to start your search for
obituaries online can save you time and money. The Internet is the best place
to find newspaper obituaries and old archived obituaries but there can be too
many options that don’t lead you to the answers you need.

Many people
are confused about where to find obituaries online.  More and more newspapers are no longer
publishing them.  People are left
wondering where to find recent newspaper obituaries as well as old obituaries
archives.

What is an Obituary?

An obituary is
a notice that announces the death of someone with a description of the person’s
life and list of family members.  An
obituary is a valuable tool for genealogists and family tree researchers
because it contains clues about the deceased and the deceased’s family. The
obituary is often written by the funeral home or mortuary, but many people
choose to write an obituary for their loved one that is published in the
newspaper and included in the funeral program.

Online Obituary Search

Genealogists
prefer online obituary search for family tree and ancestry search when they
have no previous knowledge of the deceased. 
If they don’t know where to begin, the large databases available online
can help to narrow the search down to specific geographic locations or
archives.  You can find what you need,
but it will take some time.  Many
obituaries and death notices from state vital records have not been uploaded
online yet so you may have to continue your search through traditional means,
including libraries, city archives, and public records.

Online Obituaries Search of databases

If you are
researching obituaries for genealogy and family tree research, a good place to
start your search for obituaries is on the Internet.  There are several free and commercial databases
where you can find death records and newspaper obituaries. Most of the
commercial databases have reasonable fees that cover costs of security, and
reliability.

Where to begin your search for Newspaper Obituaries Online?

Even though
obituaries seem to be disappearing from your local newspaper, the best place to
start your online obituary research is in Newspaper
Obituaries.  Many newspapers publish
obituaries online but not in their paper editions.  They have online databases of recent, current
and archived obituaries.  In some cases
you have to have a membership, but most of them are free, you just have to sign
up.

Free Databases of Old Archived Obituaries

There are
several databases out there dedicated to keeping genealogy free.  They are hard to find and are often not the
first place people look.  They are
archived newspaper obituaries and death notices, and old newspaper obituaries,
and old obituaries archives.  Many of these
archives are free to search and have been accumulating data for years.  If you have a little bit of information about
where to look and the family name you’ll have access to a huge free database.  

What you need for searching Newspaper Obituaries Online?

You will have
the most success if you know a bit of information about the person or people
you are researching.  Online searches can
bring up thousands of search results if you enter information that is too vague
or incomplete.  This will make your job
much more time consuming to have to go through all these records to find the
one that you need.  If it’s possible,
before you start your search find as much of the following as you can:

Free Archive Obituaries and Death Notices and Ancestry
Search Advice

Many
public records and obituaries databases charge a fee to search their
archives.  You have to buy a membership
that lasts for a certain length of time. 
But the same information is often available for free; you just have to
know where to look for it. To sort through some of the confusion, start your
search at ObituariesHelp.org.
This website offers advice and help identifying what you are looking for and if
you really need to purchase a membership or if you can find the obituaries you
need for free.