Oftentimes cemetery listings online will have an obituary attached and if you are lucky it might have a photo or other important documents attached. In this post are my top resources for obituary and cemetery records. Happy Hunting!
Legacy.com is my absolute favorite obituary finder and it's FREE! They also have a funeral home directory, which is a major help, especially if the obituary you are looking for is not listed on their website. All you need to do is go to the funeral home directory, click on the state, scroll the list of funeral homes, and select the one you need to contact. You will see all contact information, including their websites when available. Most of the time, you can find an obituary on the funeral home website, along with a photo, and sometimes a video.
Find a Grave
This is my absolute favorite cemetery database and I am a contributor as well. Find A Grave has over 31 million graves and many contain obituaries and photos. It is FREE to use!!!
Billion Graves is a great website. They have a cemetery lookup, where you can search by country, state, and county or you can use the person lookup. This is also FREE!
Access Genealogy is a great website for cemetery lookups by state but they only have somewhat over 600 cemetery transcriptions in the US. However, don't pass them up because it is a great resource and it's FREE!
This is a great website which covers many cemeteries that no longer exist, and goes outside the US. They have four special collections: National Cemeteries; which contain veterans cemeteries (Federal & State), Flooded Cemeteries, California Missions, and Woodman of the World. This is also FREE!
This site has free transcriptions of the 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 census mortality schedules. Anyone whom perished within 12 months after the census would be included in these. You might think it is a long shot, but believe me, it's worth trying! This is also FREE!
American Battle Monuments Commission
This website is the best way to find military ancestors that are buried overseas in US cemeteries. It contains about 125,000 American war dead. The ABMC database is broken into four sections: WWI, WWII, Korean War, and Other Burial Listings. Just click on the section you want to search, type in a name or surname, and go from there. This is also FREE!
Nationwide Gravesite Locator
This is the US Department of Veterans Affairs website where you can find burial locations for veterans and their families in VA National Cemeteries, State veterans cemeteries, and other military and Department of Interior cemeteries. My favorite part of the website is that it also has veterans that were buried in private cemeteries, but have a government grave marker. This is also FREE!
Ancestry.com has an obituary search and they have billions of records. You can view all records with a FREE 14 day trial. After that, you will have to pay a small membership fee, but it is a great website!
GenealogyBank also offers an obituary lookup and newspaper search. You will need to have a membership in order to view the records, but you can search for free. Membership is very affordable and comes with unlimited access to millions of records.
ObitsArchive.com is one of the most accurate and easy to use websites I have ever used, but it does cost. All you need to do is set up an account for free, and then you are only charged for the articles you view in full text, so you can take a look and read part of the obituary and determine if it's the one you need.
Professional Family Trees is not affiliated with the above mentioned websites/companies. However, I do use these websites for my own use and am recommending them because they have been helpful to me and are worthy of mention.
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