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Record Description
Record Type Obituaries
Collection years 1800-1900
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British Newspaper Archive

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This is a collection of obituaries found in the British Newspaper Archives, covering the period 1800-1900. The obituaries in this collection come from a variety of newspapers across Britain. Major newspapers from this time include The Courier, The Scotsman, The Chartist Northern Star, The Daily Telegraph, The Illustrated London News, The Western Mail, and The Daily Mail; but others are included in the collection.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for British Newspaper Archive, Obituaries.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of deceased individual
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death/burial
  • Cause of death
  • Spouse’s name
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of parents, siblings, children, or other family members
  • Life history, sometimes including occupation and/or military service

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Approximate date of death

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
  1. Select Place of Death - State/Country
  2. Select Place of Death - County
  3. Select Place of Death - Town
  4. Select Newspaper
  5. Select Publication Date

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]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Save or print a copy of the image if possible
  • Use the information to calculate an approximate year of birth, if it is not listed
  • If a spouse is mentioned, search for a marriage record
  • Personal information about occupation, education or land ownership may lead to other records
  • Use the names of people listed to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives
  • Look for families in the census records (1841 to 1911)

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variations of given names, surnames, and place names
  • Also remember that it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name
  • Note that the women may be listed under a maiden or a married name
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of matches
  • Search the records of nearby locations
  • Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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