U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-2017  

The collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) contains relatively recent obituaries from hundreds of newspapers. Ancestry.com employees scour the Internet regularly to find new obituaries and extract the facts into this collection. Where available, they include a URL link to the source information (since URLs are subject to change, links may stop working on occasion).

When searching for an obituary, it may be necessary to investigate the files of all likely newspapers. While an obituary may well appear in a newspaper in the town where the person resided, it may also appear in a newspaper in the town where the person was born, or possibly a town where that person lived for many years. It is impossible to know beforehand which paper is going to have the best, most revealing obituary. A large city may well have several newspapers, complicating matters even further.

To be certain you’ve cast your net wide enough during an obituary search, you should make use of all available search tools. Ancestry LE contains the U.S. Obituary Collection, 1930-2017, a good starting point. You can also do a search on the Newspapers.com subscription website. A successful search will provide an article snippet that can be used to access an obit of interest via a library or archives that owns the newspaper in question. Owning locations can often be determined by using the Worldcat.org website

In the record from the U.S. Obituary Collection provided below, you will note that, while this gentleman was born in St. Louis, his obit appeared in a Seattle newspaper.

If you’re looking for a St. Louis obit, we provide our cardholders with access to a digitized version of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper. Check our website for a long list of reference databases that we subscribe to. In addition, we provide an index to obits appearing in the Post-Dispatch on our website. It’s available here.

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