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Archives collection: Obituaries and death notices

Obituaries

Accounts of the life and achievements of deceased persons – usually appear in newspapers but they may also be found in journals or as separately published commemorative items.

 

Death notices

Announcements placed in the newspapers by members of the family – may give information including the date and place of death, age, names of close relatives and details of the funeral.

Notices can be found in early newspapers from the 18th century but it was probably not until the 1930s that it became common practice.

 

Dates covered

18th century to date.

 

Location of records

Sheffield Local Studies Library, Central Library.

 

Format

Most obituaries and death notices appear in local newspapers. The majority of newspapers are available on microfilm.

 

Order documents

As most newspapers and cuttings are only available on microform we strongly advise that you book a film/fiche reader in advance of your visit please telephone on 0114 2734753 or email us at localstudies.library@sheffield.gov.uk

 

Copies

We can normally supply copies for private study purposes, subject to the usual copyright regulations. Please contact us at localstudies.library@sheffield.gov.uk for further information.

 

Further information

An index of almost 8,000 obituaries that are likely to be found in the local newspapers, between 1850 and 1975, was compiled by Peter Harvey in 1984. Inclusion of a person’s name does not guarantee that an obituary was published but it is likely because of the sources used.

In most cases the obituary appears within a day or two of the death but sometimes it may take longer, for example when a person with Sheffield connections died elsewhere.

With the permission of Peter’s family, the Sheffield Obituary Index is available to download from the bottom of this page.

The Local Studies card index to local newspapers, c. 1930 - 1959, and the press cuttings files from 1960 to the present day also include obituaries.

References to obituaries may also be found in the Local Studies card and online catalogues. These include specially compiled collections, notices in journals or volumes of press cuttings, eulogies and published appreciations.

There are no indexes to the death notices that appear in Sheffield newspapers.

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