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If you find your ancestor in these indexes, we recommend that you also view the complete obituary itself. Microfilms of these newspapers are available in the Bay County Public Library. If you are unable to come to the Library to obtain a copy of the obituary, you may contact the Bay County Public Library to request a copy. You must provide the name of the deceased and the date and page of the newspaper. You may call the Bay County Public Library at 850-522-2130 or email for assistance.

Information you find in an obituary can often lead to additional genealogical records including birth, baptism, marriage, death, and funeral records; the social security death index, and more. Obituaries, especially the more recent ones, can be among the most revealing of all genealogical records. Ancestors of the deceased are often reported, as well as living and deceased spouses, siblings, and children. Current residences of surviving relatives are often reported, which may help you locate your cousins and maybe even get a lead on that elusive family bible.

As always, family researchers are reminded to seek out all available original records to confirm (or disprove) information provided in obituaries, because much of that information may be secondary, or hearsay, evidence. Factual statements reported in newspaper obituaries may contain errors, and misspellings are common.

Abbreviations used in this index

  • ( ) parenthesis = Maiden Name
  • [ ] brackets = Author's Note/Input/Clarification
  • aka = also known as
  • b/o = brother of
  • d/o = daughter of
  • f/o = father of
  • h/o = husband of
  • m/o = mother of
  • s/o = son of
  • w/o = wife of
  • LHRVF = Local History Room Vertical File - People - PC Pilot 1907-1916

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