Friday, January 13, 2012

Current Funeral notices

It is often difficult to trace people who may have passed away in recent years. Public death records in South Australia are available up to 1972, but how do you find out if someone died between then and now? One way is to access the Advertiser Funeral notices index compiled by Gerry Savill. Gerry painstakingly goes through the paper each day and compiles a list of deceased. At the beginning of each year he sends copies of his work to public libraries allowing free access to researchers. This is a fantastic resource. Having a date then allows you to access the newspaper without having to go through each day. If the person died within the last three months then you can access the notices online through Press Display, a free database available from public libraries. Most public libraries have copies of Gerry's work. Ask at your local library.

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