Each record includes a thin index and the original newspaper announcement. The index is meant as a finding aid and you should always click through to the image of the announcement to see fuller details. The amount of information listed varies greatly according to newspaper and date, but the records usually include a combination of the following information:
Name of relative
Explore this collection of newspaper death reports and obituaries to unearth interesting or undiscovered stories about your ancestors. Discover how deaths were originally announced in the press. These records also include “in memoriam” notices published at significant anniversaries of the death. All notices were paid announcements usually written by a family member and sent to the newspaper; the fact that they had to be paid for will have influenced the phrasing and length of announcements.
Periodicals included in this collection are the following:
Alnwick Mercury Aris's Birmingham Gazette Bath Chronicle Bedfordshire Advertiser and Luton Times Berrow's Worcester Journal Berwickshire News and General Advertiser Birmingham Daily Post Birmingham Journal Bristol Mercury Burnley Advertiser Burnley Express and Advertiser Burnley Express and East Lancashire Observer Bury Times Cambridge Chronicle and Universe Carlisle Patriot or Carlisle & Cumberland Advertiser Cheltenham Chronicle Cheltenham County Looker Chester Courant City Press County of Middlesex Chronicle Coventry Herald and Free Press Coventry Times Coventry Times and Nuneaton, Warwick & Leamington Journal Derby Daily Telegraph Derby Evening Telegraph Devon & Exeter Gazette Dover Express Essex Newsman Essex Newsman & Herald Evening Telegraph and Star and Sheffield Daily Times Exeter Daily Gazette Exeter Weekly Times and West of England General Advertiser Gloucestershire Echo Grantham Journal Greenwich, Woolwich, Deptford & West Kent Gazette Hastings & St Leonards Observer and Advertiser Hereford Journal Hereford Times Hull Daily Mail Huntingdon, Bedford, and Peterborough Gazette Kentish Chronicle and Canterbury Weekly News Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser Leicester Chronicle Leicester Journal and Midland Counties General Advertiser Lincoln, Rutland and Stamford Mercury Lincolnshire Chronicle Liverpool Echo Liverpool Mercury Luton Times and Advertiser Luton Times and Advertiser for South Beds & North Herts Luton Times and Dunstable Herald Maidstone Telegraph and Rochester & Chatham Gazette Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser Manchester Evening News Midland Daily Telegraph Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury Norfolk Chronicle and Norwich Gazette North & South Shields Daily Gazette and Shipping Telegraph North & South Shields Gazette and Northumberland & Durham Advertiser Northern Daily Mail and South Durham Herald Pope's Bath Chronicle Pope's Bath Chronicle and Weekly Reading Mercury, Oxford Gazette and Berkshire County Paper Royal Leamington Spa Courier and Warwickshire Standard Salisbury and Winchester Journal Salopian Journal Sheffield and Rotherham Independent Sheffield Daily Telegraph Sheldrake's Aldershot Military Gazette Somerset County Herald and Taunton Courier Staffordshire Advertiser Staffordshire Sentinel Surrey Mirror, Reigate and Redhill Reporter and General County Advertiser Sussex Advertiser, Surrey Gazette and West Kent Courier Tamworth Herald Taunton Courier Wells Journal West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser West Kent Guardian West Middlesex Advertiser Western Daily Press and Bristol Mirror Western Flying Post Western Gazette Western Morning News Western Times Wiltshire Independent Windsor & Eton Express Worcestershire Chronicle Wright's Leeds Intelligencer York Herald Yorkshire Gazette Yorkshire Telegraph and Star
Begin your search broadly with just a first and last name. However, if you are unable to find your relative on your first search, you should try searching without forename, as some deaths were announced without use of the full name.
In the case of married women, you can try searching under the husband’s name - for example, if your search is unsuccessful for Mary Smith and she was married to a John Smith, try Mrs John Smith or alternatively Mrs Smith.