Was a Death Notice Too Expensive?

During some time periods in some locations, the publication of a death notice may be cost prohibitive for the family. For that reason, some individual’s deaths may not be mentioned in their locale paper. If they do not have an estate with enough value to warrant a probate, a probate notice will not appear in the paper as well.

Some newspapers publish obituaries for free and others do not. Researchers should not assume that every newspaper has the same obituary publication policies.