Ancestry Debuts Searchable Online Obituary Collection #Commercial Genealogy Sites #commercial

Jan Meisels Allen


Ancestry announced the launch of their new Obituary Collection and an upgrade to their U.S. Obituary Collection. The digital archive now has over 262 million worldwide obituaries and death announcements.


Obituaries are a key tools for genealogists as they provide family information if there is a biographical sketch and may include information on place of birth, marriage, occupation, family members, where they reside, where they are buried and more.


According to the blog post, the new searchable collection is available on Ancestry ( a subscription service) and the original obituary images are hosted on ( a subscription service).  Subscribers with an Ancestry All Access or Basic subscription have a 1-click option to view the full obituary on Some images may require a Publisher Extra subscription as certain newspapers require additional licenses to view their content.


Ancestry’s U.S. Subscription Collection has obituaries starting with 1930 to the present day. This collection is collected by Ancestry searching the Internet for posted obituaries and they extract details such as the name of the deceased, important dates, and location information which is then placed into a searchable database.


For more information including how to search for an obituary see:


Note: In the United States many public libraries have subscriptions to Ancestry Library Edition. Also Family History Centers have subscriptions to the Ancestry Library Edition.  You need to check with your local library as to which commercial sites they may offer.


I only post about commercial sites when there is a major new addition or feature, not when they regularly add to their existing collections.


I have no affiliation with Ancestry or any of its companies  and am posting this solely for the information of the readers.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee