27 September 2019

Ancestry adds newspaper obits

The new Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current on Ancestry consists of extracted obit facts. Details, which "were pulled from a record by a computer and may not be accurate" may include:

Name of the deceased
Gender of the deceased
Birthdate and place and/or age at death
Marriage date and place
Death and/or burial date
Residence and/or death place
Obituary date and place
Names of parents, spouse, children, and/or siblings
Original publication details
The database is an index with a link to the digitized page on Newspapers.com™. Clicking on the link will open the image on the Newspapers.com™ site, which may require an additional upgrade or subscription.

I tested with a search for last name Northwood which produced 221 hits from 1899 to 2017, 56 of which were in Canadian publications. As obits were often published on more than one day and in different newspapers the number of individuals is perhaps half the number of hits.

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