Michigan, Van Buren County, Obituary Card File - FamilySearch Historical Records
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of an index and images to an obituary card file in possession of the Paw Paw District Library, Paw Paw, Michigan. The card file contains newspaper clippings for the years covering 1880 to 2005.The file contains no obituaries for surnames that begin with the letter "G."
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Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Image[edit | edit source]
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
Information found in this collection may include:
- The name of the deceased
- Birth date and place
- Death date and place
- The names of parents
- The name of a spouse
- The names of children
- The name of the cemetery
- Name of newspaper
- Date of obituary publication
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The approximate death date
- The person’s last known residence
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the Surname Range to view the images.
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
Once you have located your ancestor’s obituary, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These records are often brief so it can be easy to confuse individuals. Compare what information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person. Next, look at the pieces of information given in the obituary for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use the birth date or year to search for birth records.
- Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records.
- Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church and land records.
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Michigan.
Citing this Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
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