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New ProQuest Obituaries Provides Access Back to 1851

ProQuest Information and Learning ( has announced the launch of ProQuest Obituaries, which offers access to obituaries and death notices from the full runs of major national newspapers dating back to 1851. ProQuest Obituaries enables users to find ancestors and historical figures and to trace their family histories through a database of more than 10 million names. The company said that ProQuest Obituaries offers content unmatched by any other resource and is suitable for all levels of researchers. 

To familiarize users with the database's content, ProQuest developed In Passing, a free weekly e-newsletter that highlights particularly interesting passages from ProQuest Obituaries, the latest addition to the ProQuest Genealogy Center. Librarian subscribers will be able to use this newsletter to promote genealogy research during October, which is Family History Month. The free opt-in e-newsletter will be issued weekly during September, October, November, and December; to sign up visit

In addition to the launch of ProQuest Obituaries, other ProQuest Genealogy Center resources continue to grow. ProQuest made Freedman's Bank Records, a resource for African-American genealogical research, available through HeritageQuest Online. Ancestry Library Edition, claimed to be the largest online collection of genealogical records, also made numerous content updates including:

  • U.S. Census Collection - Now completed. Contains original full-text images for the U.S. Federal Census 1790-1930, with all-new, every-name indexes for each decade.
  • Canadian Census Collection - New for 2006. Censuses of Canada from 1901, 1906, and 1911. The collection now contains more than 40 million names linked to original images.
  • United Kingdom and Ireland Collection - New for 2006. The collection contains name indexes for the 1861 to 1901 Censuses, linked to original images.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

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