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The Obituary Daily Times is a daily index of published obituaries. It is distributed FREELY, often twice a day by email, and usually has over 2500 entries a day. You can search the database anytime with the search engine above.

The Obituary Daily Times mailing list is intended mostly (but not only) for Family Historians, researchers and compilers (ex. researching all of ONE FAMILY). The Obituary Daily Times is an index of published obituaries across the world. Regular contributors (volunteers) can request information about particular obituaries between themselves.

WE DO NOT HAVE THE ACTUAL OBITUARIES. Regular volunteers may request a particular copy from each other. For others, GEN-OBIT is an easy way to find a publication date of an obit. You can then refer to the newspaper to get a copy of it (at the library or directly with the newspaper itself).

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Being a contributor implies a few very simple tasks:

 a) Submitting an index of your local paper’s obituaries

 b) Occasionally answering a query for more information on an obituary you have indexed. (You should keep the obituaries for at least 90 days after they appear in The Obituary Daily Times). Queries are answered via email. This means typing the obituary in its entirety and emailing it off to the requestor. As a contributor you will have access to obituary information across the world!

First look over the Contributor Handbook 

Then for training contact Jan Plambeck with the name of the newspaper and location of publication.

Send other queries to Alice Ramsay Alice email

Here is the list of moderators, with their function, and the areas they are responsible for:

Alice Ramsay Alice Ramsay email - Final Moderator, webmaster, and administrator of GEN-OBIT mailing list

Jan Plambeck - Training Moderator - AK, AL, AR, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MS, MT, NE, OR, WA, WI, WY,  England

Jan Wheeler Jan Wheeler email - CA, CT, DC, DE, HI, KY, MA, MD, ME, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV

Gary King Gary Kingster email address - Canada (AB, BC, NB, ON), Germany

Charla Pfeffinger Char's email - AZ, CO, FL, ID, LA, MN, NC, NM, NV, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT