The society has been indexing death notices recorded in the
microfilmed copies of the Stockbridge
Indexed are death notices that appeared in the newspapers from 1886 through
(we are missing the years
1956 through 1959);
in these early newspapers were not like they are today. They could be
anywhere in the newspaper and even be a single sentence in the Local and
To help you search, please note the following:
- Someone may be listed twice.
The reason is that their death notice may have appeared in one issue, and
then an obit appeared in the following issue.
- Death notices/obits can range from
a single sentence (Joe Smith died at his home Sunday) to a full obit and
anywhere in between.
- As for death notices, we have
included them in the listing even though the person's obit might be in the
next issue. The reason? There are times when different
information is given about the deceased that you would not find in the obit.
(Frank Farrington passed away in a farm accident. His death notice
gives a description of the accident and says how his wife went to the
neighbors for help. None of this was mentioned in his obit.) (Another
example is that of a death notice that mentions diabetes, but it is not
mentioned in the obit.)
- Women can be listed several
different ways. In the 1800s, for example, they were usually known by
their husband's name (Mrs. John Smith), listing neither the woman's first or
maiden name. Somewhere between 1910 and 1920, this changed, especially
if the woman's father was considered a pioneer or community leader.
Then she may be listed by her first name and then her maiden name, with her
married name tucked somewhere in the obit. (Zella Ett Ramsdell is
listed at the head of her obit as Zella Ett Howell in bold letters.
However, she married William Ramsdell, but that is listed further down in
the obit.) Sometimes women hyphenated their name (Howell-Ramsdell).
- To further complicate the
situation, women can also be listed by their married name in the death
notice and then by their maiden name in the obit.
Copies of the actual death notice will be provided
for a fee. The cost is $5.00 for the first name and $2.00 for each
additional name per order form.
Click on the interactive button on the left side of the page for an order form.
For further information, please
contact the society at firstname.lastname@example.org
and an order form will be sent to you. Half of the proceeds will be
used towards the microfilm reader/printer for the Friends of the Stockbridge
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