Try local papers

This guide was last updated in 2009

If you do not have any luck with online collections, you will have to search the slow way – which makes success even more rewarding!

A great national (and international) collection of local newspapers is available at The British Library Newspaper Library at Colindale, and local collections are often available at the archives, record offices, libraries and local studies centres that cover the area in question.

Remember to search all newspapers that cover the area and date in which you are interested: even if you find an obituary in one paper, you may obtain different details from a separate entry in another. If your ancestor moved about a lot, it is a good idea to check all of the areas in which they were known. If he or she died in one town, but had lived in a different one for any length of time, they might appear in one or both local papers.

Local newspapers were usually daily or weekly publications. In some cases, an obituary might appear in an evening paper on the day of the death, but if there is one to be found, it is likely to have been printed within two or three weeks of the death.

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