Finding Information for Deceased Profiles
Cemeteries are an excellent source of genealogical information. Plot placement, tombstone inscription, and records can fill in blanks, lead you in new directions, or add insight to your knowledge of your ancestors as people.
Both public and private cemeteries have sexton’s records. These are records that you want to see. Sexton records vary, but may include burial registers, plats, plot records, and deed records for the plot.
Also, look around the burial plot for other ancestors that may have been buried nearby. Relatives were often buried in clusters, and you might recognize some names.
This information along with the date of death, place of death, and date of burial should be inputted into the profiles of each deceased person. To do this navigate to the deceased person's node within the tree and click "edit". Proceed to enter the relevant death information in the appropriate fields.
Finally, within the tree view you have the option to make the nodes belonging to deceased relatives become differentiated from living relatives with a hash mark in the upper left hand corner of their nodes. This can be done by navigating to the "Preferences" tab and enabling "Mark deceased" with a check mark.
What is an obituary?
An obituary is a notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, most often published in a newspaper.
An Obituary Is Also:
- A public record
- An advertisement for a funeral parlor
- An announcement of services
- A tremendous potential source of genelealogical information
Accuracy Depends On:
- Knowlege of the informant
- Thoroughness of the reporter
- Attention to detail by the typesetter
- Quality of the editorial review
Use Obituaries To:
- Locate primary record sources
- Corroborate facts in evidence
- Verify names, dates, and locations
- Locate other family members
- Identify alternative research paths for "dead ends"
Obituaries Can Provide the Following Information:
- Name and age of the deceased
- Date, location and sometimes cause of death
- Names of parents, siblings, spouses -- sometimes maiden names
- Names and/or numbers of children and grandchildren
- Places of residence of living relatives
- Names of and notes about deceased relatives
- Where and when deceased was born
- When deceased left their native land, perhaps even the port of entry and date
- Naturalization date and location
- Place(s) where deceased was educated
- Date and location of marriage, and name of spouse
- Religious affiliation and name of church or temple
- Military service information (branch, rank, dates served, medals and awards)
- Place(s) of employment
- Public offices held
- Organizations to which he/she belonged
- Awards received
- Events in which he/she participated
- Name and address of funeral home or chruch where funeral was to occur
- Name(s) of officiating clergy
- List of pallbearers
- Date, place, and disposition of remains
- Statement regarding any memorial service
- Directions regarding donations or memorial gifts
Alternative Paths Obituaries Can Create:
Locate ancestors using the obituaries of their siblings and other relatives
- Trace their location
- Search for their obits, wills and other records
- Backtrack for your ancestor