Funeral cards are an overlooked free genealogical resource. They often contain Birth and Death years and are a substitute for birth and death records (Vital Records). Now they are not a true substitute for vital records but it's a good place to start! To find out what are true Vital Records see Genealogy Without Sources is Mythology
Unfortunately these death records are scattered and there has not been a repository for funeral cards until now. I'm trying to create the best funeral card database on the net. If you have death records such as funeral cards, please give them a home by submitting them to Ancestors At Rest.
Funeral Cards and Memorial Cards
Scroll down to see funeral cards for Sallie J Faris, Emma Jane Lane, Hamilton Smith, Anna G Rohrer, Dassey Ball, Lucy L Hough.
IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF:
SALLIE J. FARIS DIED FEB. 18, 1904 AT THE AGE OF 71 YEARS.
Vintage Memoriam Card - In Loving Memory - Emma Jane,
Beloved wife of Wesley Lane, died May 12th, 1907 at the age
of 48 - at her home in Clinton Township, which is in
Ontario Canada - the funeral took place from the family
residence on May 15th, proceeding to Methodist Church,
Beamsville, Ontario for the service - interment was in
Mount Osborne Cemetery.
In Loving Memory - Hamilton Smith,
who died in Louth Township on November 9th, 1907, at age 80
- the funeral was held on November 11th, 1907, and he was
buried at Rockway Burying Ground - Louth Township is in
Lincoln County, Ontario Canada, in the Niagara Region.
The card was in
Remembrance of the Death of Anna G. Rohrer who died May 5
1893. Aged 55 years, 7 months, and 19 days. It is decorated
in gold lettering on a black card. Printed on the Memorial
Funeral card is the Holy Bible and an 8 line poem dedicated
to mother. The Funeral Memorial Card has the gold printers
logo on the back. It is MEMORIAL CARDS by G. S. Utter & Co,
115 Franklin St, Chicago, Illinois. The Victorian Funeral
card was obtained in Lancaster County, PA which includes
the cities of Lancaster, Manheim, Mt Joy, Columbia,
Quarryville, Lititz, Mountville, East Petersburg, and
Dassey Ball died 1856 aged 49 yrs.
Dated at Fort Wayne (we assume Indiana), February 12, 1859.
This funeral card for Mary Cunningham was found in a photo album belonging to the great-grandmother of Rob Keim. Her name was Lenora Keim (Caufield), married to Clarence Keim and they lived in Allegany NY (near Olean). Many of the pictures in the album were from studios in Bradford, PA.
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If you have a transcription or a photo of death records (cemetery listings, funeral cards, death cards, coffin plates, church records etc) help build this database by submitting your death records
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This Death Records Database is an ongoing project and I have many more funeral cards and Memorial Cards to add so check back often.