I’m not sure when this happened, but it seems like nearly every online newspaper I check lately, no matter how big or small, uses one site to host its obituaries: Legacy.com. This means that if you go to a newspaper’s website, find the obituary section, and search for a name, it’s probably Legacy.com that actually handles your search and spits out the results. It’s almost like one-stop shopping for finding the recently-deceased.
This is good to know, because it turns out you can actually go directly to Legacy.com and search the entire United States (and Canada) for a particular person. If you don’t know exactly when or where a person died, this is a great resource. If you find an obit, you can either view it for free or pay a small fee ($2.95), depending on how old it is. Most of these only go back into the early-to-mid 2000s (depending on the newspaper), but it’s still a handy tool.
Obituaries are a great resource if you’re looking to connect with descendants…and a lot of these modern ones even have pictures and online guest books you can view. If you’re not using this site, check it out.
Note: I have no connection at all to Legacy.com. In fact, I’ve spent a fair amount of money with them recently. Hopefully they’ll see this and offer me some free obituaries. That’s how you know you’re a real genealogy geek: when you’re shilling in hopes of free obits.
Photo by Tim Green