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For example, if an obituary refers to clubs, societies, employment or activities in which your ancestor was involved, some records of these organisations may survive, either in the local archive or record office, or with the organisation itself.

You might find out more details about your ancestor’s involvement in these fields.

If the manner of your ancestor’s death was unusual, you might find an inquest report or on-going police inquiry in the same local paper that reported the death. There might even be a surviving inquest report in the relevant local archive.

Particularly noteworthy funerals might also have been reported in the local paper.

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