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ProQuest Obituaries™ offers more than 10.5 million obituaries and death notices in full-image format from uninterrupted historical archives of top newspapers. An obituary is often the only biographical sketch that was ever devoted to an individual and can provide valuable clues that significantly advance genealogical research. Researchers have long known this, but up until now there’s never been a resource exclusively dedicated to providing this treasured, deep historical content online.
In that sense, ProQuest Obituaries represents a first in genealogy research. With content dating as far back as 1851, this wholly unique database provides both novice and expert researchers from all regions of the U.S. valuable clues about their ancestors, including proper full name, maiden name, spousal information, relatives’ names, occupation, religion, cause of death, and more. Its intuitive interface allows users to search by name, date, and keyword with additional wildcard searching for name variations.
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