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Biographies: Databases & Websites

A guide to finding biographical resources


UMW pays for subscriptions to these databases. You may be asked to log in with your UMW username and password.

Obituaries in newspaper databases

Obituaries are published in newspapers when a person dies. In addition to announcing the person's death, an obituary also provides biographical information about the person.

To find obituaries, see Simpson Library's guide to newspaper articles.

Simpson Library subscribes to several newspaper databases. We particularly recommend ProQuest Historical Newspapers, which includes obituaries for people who died between 1847 and 2016. This database includes the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. To limit your search to obituaries, scroll down to "Document type" and check the box next to Obituary, as shown here:

A screenshot of the Document Type menu in ProQuest Historical Newspapers, with a checkmark in the Obituary box