Obituary Records

Obituary notices can provide some genealogical information for researchers. Usually they contain the full name of the deceased (including maiden name), spouse's name, children (surviving and deceased) as well as sibling and parents names. Additionally, obituary notices will tell where the deceased lived, how long they lived there, where they worked, and other personal types of information. They might include a brief work history and educational background as well as civic interests, hobbies, awards, and other forms of recognition for the deceased. Note: The very old Newspapers do not contain the same type of information modern ones do. They are also found in different sections of Newspapers.

Newspapers are one of the most sought after resources for obituary notices because the state of Pennsylvania did not begin to keep vital records until 1906.

Meyersdale Library Special Collections Project  - The Meyersdale Public Library has graciously donated 28,000 obituaries to the Somerset County, PAGenWeb/USGenWeb Archives. This collection represents obituaries published in several newspapers from 1970-2004 and housed at the library. We are honored to be the recipient of this wonderful gift! This Collection has been combined with all the other obituaries in the Somerset County PA USgenWeb Archives. 

Local Resources

See also the The Daily American or the Tribune-Democrat for information on newspaper archives. You may also wish to visit the local libraries in Somerset to view microfilmed newspapers. Please note: some of the newspapers above may charge for access or copies.

Miscellaneous Obits: Old Files [Donated, and The Herald of Truth [Obits & Death Notices].
All of the Herald and Whig pdf files can be found on my IceDrive. The dates are on each file. Please use this Link

The Mary S. Biesecker Public Library has digitized the newspapers.
There is a great collection in addition to the indexes listed above. Please use this Link

Obituary Notices: P A - Roots

If you would like to post your family obituary notice to one of our online web systems, please click below. Please note: these boards are for actual notices, not queries about searching for a notice.  

PA-Roots Records Board

 >>>New Obit Lookups<<<

Lookups are available for the following NewsPaper Sites:
America's NewsBank ~ Newspaper Archives
NewsPapers.com
[Obits, Vital Records]
also...
Subscription Database Access:
My Heritage / Heritage Quest / Fold3 / Historic Map Works
Civil War: Reports of Union Army Generals

Contact: Martha

and...
Google Archives for lookups in the Pittsburgh Gazette
Please include Name of interest and time frame with your query.

"The Fine Print"
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Information contained on all of the pages within the Somerset County portion of the PAGenWeb may be used for personal genealogical and historical purposes. 
Please be considerate of copyright information and give credit where credit is due.


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Somerset County Coordinator: Martha A Crosley Graham
PAGenWeb State Coordinator: Nancy Janyszeski
PAGenWeb Assistant State Coordinator (EasternCounties): MaryAnn Lubinsky
PAGenWeb Assistant State Coordinator (WesternCounties): Martha A C Graham
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Somerset County Coordinator: Martha A Crosley Graham
PAGenWeb State Coordinator: Nancy Janyszeski
PAGenWeb Assistant State Coordinator (EasternCounties): MaryAnn Lubinsky
PAGenWeb Assistant State Coordinator (WesternCounties): Martha A C Graham
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