Obituaries are a genealogical resource that help document our ancestors and bring them to life. This lecture examines the clues and types of information found in obituaries as well as where and how to locate them. A discussion of obituaries through the past three centuries will show what values were important to our ancestors and how those values have or have not changed through the years.
Pam Stone Eagleson, CG, is a researcher, writer, and educator. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. degree in history and sociology, University of Southern Maine with a M. Ed., and Tufts University with a C.A.S. in Museum Studies. Winner of the 2004 National Genealogical Society's Family History Writing contest, Pam has attended NIGR, IGHR, SLIG, GRIP, and VIGR. Certified since 2005 by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Pam served six years on the Board of APG and currently serves as Director of Region 4 on the Board of NGS. She lectures on genealogy sources and problem solving, is co-administrator of the Stone surname DNA project and is a member of several local, state and regional historical and genealogical societies. Her articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal and the NGS Magazine.