Pennsylvania's state library has posted microfilmed
images of scrapbooks containing newspaper obituaries
published between Oct. 16, 1891, and March 3, 1904.
Search for your ancestor's obituary at
note the search page doesn't give you much clue where you are). At the bottom of the page, unclick everything except State Library of
Pennsylvania--Genealogy. Type your keywords (such as a
name or place) in the All of the Words field and click Search.
If you're not sure whether Great-grandma would be
listed under her maiden or married name, enter both
surnames in the Any of the Words field and type her
first name in the All of the Words field. The
Proximity tab lets you type two search terms and specify the
number of words apart they can occur, letting you net
obituaries containing variations such as john smith;
john charles smith; and smith, john c. Still can't
find the deceased? Try searching for people who might
be listed as survivors.
Results show thumbnails of each matching obituary,
its page number in the original scrapbook and surnames
of everyone whose obituaries appear on thatpage. Click
on the thumbnail to enlarge the page; use the icons at
the top to zoom in and navigate around the article.
(originally posted to AfriGeneas@lists.msstate.edu )