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Stockbridge Area Genealogical/Historical Society

Stockbridge Area Genealogical/Historical Society

The society has been indexing death notices recorded in the microfilmed copies of the Stockbridge newspapers. Indexed are death notices that appeared in the newspapers from 1886 through 1966 (we are missing the years 1956 through 1959); and 1968-1999.

Death notices and obituaries in these early newspapers were not like they are today. They could be anywhere in the newspaper and may even be a single sentence in the Local or Personal columns.

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. For example, 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 obituary. 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 nor 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. For example, Zella Ett Ramsdell is listed at the head of her obit as Zella Ett Howell, her maiden name, in bold letters. She married William Ramsdell, but that is listed further down in the obit. Sometimes women hyphenated their names (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 here for an order form.

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