Step 16 – Check Out Funeral Home Records

Welcome back to this installment of the 22 Steps in Researching Your Family Tree!

“Why did the genealogist get kicked out of the funeral home?”

They were trying to dig up too much information!

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Finding Funeral Home Records

Step 16 in the Discovering Your Past blog series is all about checking out funeral home records. Funeral home records can be a valuable resource for genealogy researchers, as they often contain information about the deceased, their family members, and other details about their lives.

Funeral home records can include a variety of information, such as the date and location of the funeral, the name and address of the funeral home, the name and age of the deceased, the names of family members and other relatives, and the cause of death. In some cases, funeral home records may also include photographs, obituaries, and other documents.

So, how can you access funeral home records for your genealogy research? Here are some tips to get started:

  1. Research funeral homes in the area where your ancestors lived. Funeral home records are typically held by the funeral home that conducted the funeral. Use online directories and local historical societies to identify funeral homes that were in operation during the time period you are researching.
  2. Contact funeral homes directly. Once you have identified a funeral home that may have relevant records, contact them to inquire about their record-keeping practices and to ask about the availability of records for the time period you are interested in. Be sure to explain your research goals and to ask about any fees associated with accessing records.
  3. Check online databases. Some funeral homes have made their records available online through genealogy websites and other databases. Be sure to check these resources to see if any relevant records are available.
  4. Consider hiring a professional genealogist. If you are having difficulty accessing funeral home records or need help interpreting the information contained within them, consider hiring a professional genealogist who specializes in funeral home research.

Tips for Step 16

Here are ten websites where you can search for funeral home records to aid in your genealogy research:

  1. Ancestry.com – Ancestry offers access to a variety of funeral home records through their website, including obituaries, funeral home directories, and more.
  2. FamilySearch.org – FamilySearch offers a collection of funeral home records, including obituaries and other information about the deceased and their families.
  3. FindAGrave.com – FindAGrave offers a searchable database of cemetery records, which can include information about the funeral home that conducted the burial.
  4. FuneralNet.com – FuneralNet offers access to obituaries and other funeral home records through their website.
  5. Legacy.com – Legacy offers a searchable database of obituaries, which may include information about the funeral home that conducted the funeral.
  6. ObitsArchive.com – ObitsArchive offers access to a large collection of obituaries and other funeral home records.
  7. FuneralOne.com – FuneralOne provides funeral home software and services, and also offers access to obituaries and other funeral home records through their website.
  8. Tributes.com – Tributes offers a searchable database of obituaries and other funeral home records.
  9. GenealogyBank.com – GenealogyBank offers a collection of obituaries and other funeral home records, which can be searched by name, location, and other criteria.
  10. ObituariesHelp.org – ObituariesHelp provides information and resources for finding and interpreting obituaries and other funeral home records.

Remember, not all funeral home records may be available online, so be sure to also check with local funeral homes and historical societies in the area where your ancestors lived.

Henry’s Story

Henry had always been fascinated with his family history. He spent hours pouring over old family photos and documents, trying to piece together his ancestors’ lives. One day, he stumbled upon the Discovering Your Past blog series and was excited to find new resources to help him in his genealogy research.

He followed the blog’s advice and started with Step 16 – checking out funeral home records. Henry knew that his great-grandfather had passed away in the 1920s, so he began researching funeral homes in the area where his great-grandfather had lived.

After some searching, Henry found a funeral home that had been in operation during the time period he was interested in. He contacted them and was delighted to find out that they still had records from that era. The funeral home sent him the information he had requested, which included his great-grandfather’s obituary and information about his family members.

Excited by the information he had discovered, Henry continued his research by using some of the websites suggested in the blog post. He found Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org particularly helpful, as they both had extensive collections of funeral home records.

Henry was able to piece together more information about his great-grandfather’s life, including details about his occupation, where he had lived, and the cause of his death. He even discovered some long-lost relatives he never knew existed.

Henry was grateful for the Discovering Your Past blog series and its advice on checking out funeral home records. He had found a valuable resource for his genealogy research and was excited to continue his journey into his family’s history.

In summary, funeral home records can be a valuable resource for genealogy researchers. By following these tips, you can gain access to these records and learn more about the lives of your ancestors.

In conclusion, Step 16 of the Discovering Your Past blog series highlights the importance of checking out funeral home records as a valuable resource for genealogy researchers. These records can provide information about the deceased, their family members, and other details about their lives, including photographs, obituaries, and other documents. The article provides useful tips for accessing funeral home records, including researching funeral homes in the area, contacting funeral homes directly, checking online databases, and considering hiring a professional genealogist. Additionally, the article lists ten websites where funeral home records can be searched to aid in genealogy research. By utilizing these resources and following the tips provided, genealogy researchers can gain access to these records and learn more about their ancestors’ lives.

Be sure to check out Step 17 in the Discovering Your Past blog series to continue your journey into your family’s history!

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NOTE:

In closing this blog post, I hope that the blog series has been beneficial to you about learning more about genealogy and how to trace your family history. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback on the series or would like to suggest any improvements, please don’t hesitate to send me a message or email. I value your input and appreciate your support in helping me to create more helpful and informative content for aspiring genealogists. Thank you for following along on this journey, and I wish you the best of luck in your own genealogical research.

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Published by Darrell Gibbs

A father of three children and five grandchildren who retired in 2015 and began a career as a non-fiction writer in genealogy resource ebooks for new family historians. Aspiring towards the future as a Historical Fiction Author of his premier book "Wessex Reign".

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