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Obituaries from the 1600s to the 1800s are now searchable online

Find the vital details of your ancestors from the Stuart Era to the Victorian Era, recorded at the time of their deaths 

TheGenealogist has just added an intriguing new collection of obituary records from various sources dating back to the 17th century.


[ Former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli can be found in the newly launched records ]


The first of these sources is the Index Society’s Obituary Notices for 1880, 1881, and 1882. These notices include obituaries for many industry journals and periodicals, such as The Lancet and The Law Journal, as well as local and national newspapers like The Hertfordshire Mercury, The Guardian, and The Times.


Also included in this release is Musgrave’s Obituaries, with records as early as the 1400s but mainly covering 1600 to 1800. This publication is named after Sir William Musgrave who had originally assembled the slips or extracts taken from various works, such as The London Magazine and The Gentleman’s Magazine. These had been neatly written up before being pasted into books in alphabetical order. These manuscripts were then published by The Harleian Society and it is these printed versions that are now digitised on TheGenealogist.


Additionally, several Society of Friends records from the 1880s are included. These Quaker records, known as the Annual Monitor or Obituary of the Members of the Society of Friends, are for the years 1880, 1882 and 1885. Apart from many names and dates, these book records also include some expanded “memoirs” recounting anecdotes about various members and their families.


The value of these newly released obituaries to researchers lies in the information they provide. The entries give the dates not only of the individuals' deaths but also their birth dates or ages and often other useful observations such as occupation details and other family members.


Obituaries often cite their sources, for example providing a newspaper page, edition, etc., which can be very helpful for the family historian in conducting further research into ancestors.


TheGenealogist has added over 20,000 individuals to its record collection with these newly released obituaries dating back to the 1600s.


Read TheGenealogist’s feature article: Dead but not Forgotten




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About TheGenealogist


TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections. 


TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.


TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

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