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Obituaries can be rich in genealogical details. However, finding them for our female ancestors can be tricky, especially if you're searching in digitized newspapers. Here are 5 tips to help you find women's obituaries.
1. Search for Her Husband's Name
Married women were often referred to as Mrs. Husband Name rather than with her own first name. (This is especially true while the husband was still living.) Searching for an obituary for Mary Miller won't work if the obituary names her as Mrs. Thomas Miller. Try searching for her husband's name, including trying variations (like Jack for John or J. W. for John W.)
2. Combine Her Married Name and Her Maiden Name
If you know her maiden name, try leaving off the first name entirely. Do a search with just her married name and her maiden name. This will help you find obituaries that list her parents or her surviving brothers. (Obviously, this works better for Miller Seiglinger than it would for Miller Johnson.)
3. Search for a Surviving Child or Sibling
Do a search either for the full name of one of her surviving children or sibling or search for her last name and the married surname of one of her daughters or sisters. Look at all of the names in part of the obituary for Mrs. Jennie Brooks Kenney.
4. Consider Nicknames
Females, especially girls and young women, are sometimes listed with a nickname or diminutive form of their first name. If you're not finding Catherine, try searching for Kate or Katie.
5. Try the Name of the Cemetery
There are so many combinations of how her first name could be listed. Try searching for her last name plus the name of the cemetery. If you know Nancy Hopkins was buried in Bethel Cemetery, try searching for Hopkins Bethel.
- Don't overlook the newspapers in places where she used to live. It isn't unusual for newspapers to print obituaries for people who used to live in the community, especially if they still have a group of family and friends in the area.
- Skip the search; read the paper. If you have access to the newspaper where she lived, read it. Yes, searching can be faster. However, OCR (optical character recognition) technology is not 100% accurate. If the print is fuzzy, there's a wrinkle in the paper, or they used an oddball font, it might not be "read" correctly by the computer. The obituary could be in the paper, but it was lost in translation.
What tips do you have for finding obituaries for the females in your family tree?