You might not be aware of all the places where a relative’s obituary could be published–be careful restricting your searches too closely. Also consider searching for names of survivors in obituaries. After all, obituaries do not just mention the dead.

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  1. …but that’s when historical newspaper databases like GenealogyBank,, LC’s American Memory Project, and assorted free digital newspaper projects of individual state libraries (sometimes through their state universities) come to the rescue! It would be lovely if there were a way to do a “federated search” of all these newspaper databases at once, but since some are subscription only, that’s not practical. However, it would be great if a consortium of state libraries were to merge their free digital newspaper resources, enabling a single federated search of all the newspapers in their collections. Someday? WorldCat for free historial newspaper content?

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