Breaking Through Death’s Brick Wall
May 20, 2014
Running into brick walls trying to find death information on an ancestor? Have you just about had enough of coming up with nothing? Well, MGC is here to help! We have lots of resources that just might hold the information you need.
If you are looking for obituaries in the Kansas City, MO metro area, MGC has obituaries from the Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times that were compiled into books. They begin in 1979 and end in 2006. After 2006, obituaries are available on Kansas City Star’s website, or you can access 1991 to current through our Kansas City Star database.
MGC also has a number of newspapers on microfilm. While we have newspapers from across the country, be sure to check what we have because we don’t have everything. If you don’t find a newspaper from a particular area, you can request it through Interlibrary loan. The form is easy to fill out. You can also call 816.252.7228, and MGC staff can help you over the phone.
Another great option is FindAGrave.com, one of the best user-submitted databases, in my opinion. It started in 1995 showcasing the graves of famous people, but has grown to include gravestones from around the world. I started contributing back in 2007 and have enjoyed the fact that I can give back to a database I have used countless times in my own research. It’s free to sign up and easy to keep track of the names you have submitted. They also have a FAQ section that is very helpful if you have questions about adding a memorial, deleting, and editing. You can search by the name of your family member or you can browse cemeteries in a particular county. If you have not found who you’re looking for, keep trying as new information is added every day. "Find A Grave" is preserving the history of our ancestors’ final resting places for future generations. It feels good to help others in their quest to find family members, especially when some of them may be on the other side of the country or the other side of the world. If you have not used this valuable resource or contributed, I encourage you to give it a try.
Have you used another resource at MGC to find death information? Have you contributed to "Find A Grave"? Let us know!
Hopefully, one or more of these fantastic resources will help you to scale your brick wall. Good luck!
Midwest Genealogy Center