Obituary - smile for the day

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in The Tree House by James LaLone G2G6 Mach 5 (57.8k points)
That was a good read. Genealogically speaking, it is priceless for all the family named!
Of course newspapers are a primary source for obits, here is a possible helping aid -
That is a nice list and just earned an immediate spot in my favorite resources folder! It would probably make a great page itself. I'm not sure if there are any how-to pages for newspaper research on WikiTree.

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+7 votes
Hilarious! Oh that we could all have such a sense of humour.
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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I love it! I just read it out loud to my dad and we both got a chuckle. I'm trying to figure out if I should put it on the Nebraska Sources page somehow, an obit section maybe, but it would probably just end up as a broken link in this form. Does anyone know of a good free obituary resource that could be used to find this and others? Obituaries are not my strong point. Thanks for starting my day with a smile!
by Sarah Mason G2G6 Mach 4 (46.6k points)
Newspaper sites seem to carry lots of obits - particularly Trove.
Many funeral homes post obituaries on their websites, most have pretty decent online archives available.  .

Most newspapers have online obituary archives.  The trick is finding the publications that don't charge an online subscription/access fee.

I work for estate planning and probate of the tasks I'm assigned is reviewing the local obituaries on a daily basis.  Funniest obituary I've ever seen was for a dog.
I love to read Serbian obituaries as well, but "my" Serbian newspaper doesn't give me online access to them without paying. :(
Thank you for the links, Sondra! I will use them to start that obituary section. Martin, I will check out that Trove site as well. Thanks for best answer, Susie. And, paywalls make me sad too, Jelena.

You're welcome Sarah!  Let me know if you would like some help. 

These three resources can be great for finding old obituaries from the late 1800's and early 1900's:
Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection,
Nebraska Newspapers, University of Nebraska, Lincoln,
Historical Nebraska Newspapers, NebraskaAccess,

Nice! Thanks again! I got that section going on the Nebraska Sources page and you are absolutely welcome to add to it as you like. I just started coordinating the Nebraska Project (part of US History Project) not too long ago. If anybody reading this is interested in helping build it up, go check it out.

+6 votes
Thank you for that!  I enjoyed it.  May we all live to be 101!
by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (968k points)
+6 votes
"Verne was preceded in death... by his eyesight...."  Lord, that was a good laugh on my evening.
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (690k points)
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I really enjoyed this obit, especially the predeceased by eyesight, hearing, teeth and pets!

The list of children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren brings up a question that has recently come to mind about citing obituaries and similar records with a long list of related people. The primary person the obituary is about is pretty obvious how to handle, it is the other people listed I am wondering about. Is it better to just cite the obit (or other article) for the name of the other people listed, or to "share" the event and it's citation (in this case - death of Verne Petersen) as many genealogy programs now allow you to do? Is there a best practice or concensus?
by Anna Robinson G2G3 (3.5k points)

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