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Obituaries (Updated!)

The Nassau County Public Library has in its collection 125 microfilm rolls containing the archived Nassau County Florida Newspapers for the twelve newspapers which existed in the county from 1880 to 2002. While the microfilms files are complete from 1949 though 2002 (four newspapers sequentially), the records from 1880 to 1948 (eight newspapers) are only partially complete. A complete list of the newspapers, and the dates of the microfilmed material can be seen at Newspaperlist.pdf .

The Amelia Island Genealogical Society (AIGS) is in the process of abstracting these records, and we now have online the following records:

Complete Years, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1949 through 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969 and 1972 . In addition we have partial year results for 1878, 1886, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1918, 1920, 1923, 1925, 1927 and 1930.

Records total 23, 976, with 3,290 individuals listed in obituaries and 20686 individuals mentioned as pallbearers or other funeral attendees. Work is underway on years 1956, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1970, 1971, and 1973 -1975.

For these years the abstracted obituaries contain the following information:

  • Newspaper name
  • Date, volume, issue, page and column for the obituary
  • Name of deceased
  • Place of birth if mentioned
  • Age of death
  • Birth place and birth date
  • Death date and place of death
  • Cemetery
  • Cause of death and "other information"

We have also abstracted the names and relationships of individuals who either attended the funeral, or were mentioned in the obituary, and this might be valuable to see whom your ancestor knew and associated with.

You can search the obituary records by using the Search by Deceased Name link or by using the Search by Death Year link. You may also search by last name for anyone who was in attendance at or was mentioned in the obituary by using the Search by Attendee Name link. This may bring up a large list of records. On average twelve people are mentioned in each obituary.

Last Updated: October 29 , 2014
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