Death Records 101: Find What Your Ancestors Left Behind

Ben Franklin said the only things certain in life were death and taxes—genealogists can add paperwork to that list. When our ancestors passed, many records were created in their wake. This course will explore death records and related sources, including wills, obituaries, funeral home records, burial permits and coroner reports.

COURSE BEGINS: View upcoming course schedule for dates
COURSE LENGTH: 4 weeks
TUITION: $99.99 ($89.99 for VIP)
INSTRUCTOR: Diana Crisman Smith (Bio)

Praise for this Class

“I learned a lot of new techniques and actually found family members during one of the exercises. It was also my first online course, and I even learned how to do that. Definitely leaving smarter and have signed up for many more!”

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Terms you need to know to decipher death records
  • Different kinds of wills, and what they can tell you
  • How to find obituaries, online and offline
  • Strategies for when you can’t find an official death record

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE

  • New family researchers unfamiliar with death records
  • Genealogists who are having problems tracking down death records

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: REQUIREMENTS & SUPPLIES

  • This course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy and have done some investigation into your family history. If you are a total beginner, consider taking the Discover Your Family Tree course before enrolling in this class.

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