Society Announces Online Research Tool

Remember the San Joaquin County Obituary Index Project? (If you don’t, see the entries for June 16, 2011, and October 12, 2011, below.) Well, work on the project has ended successfully! At last, genealogists, historians, and other researchers can view online citations for or copies of newspaper obituaries in San Joaquin County that date from the 1850s to the 1990s.

Obituary fodder: newspaper from 1851.

The Project is based on data taken from a collection of approximately 170,000 index cards compiled late in the twentieth century by members of the staff at the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library.

The San Joaquin County Obituary Index Project represents a collaborative effort by the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library, the San Joaquin Genealogical Society, staff in the IT Department at San Joaquin Delta College, and the San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum. Another indispensable partner was FamilySearch.org, which not only provided an infrastructure for the task of indexing, but also integrated the results into its general database.

Special thanks also go to approximately seven hundred volunteers, many affiliated with one or more of the partners, who during the closing months of 2011 tirelessly transferred raw data from the index cards into the online database of FamilySearch.org.

Anyone interested in the San Joaquin County Obituary Index is encouraged to visit FamilySearch.org, where they can search for specific names or browse selected segments, such as the County’s Obituary Index.

The Society is pleased to announce completion of this online research tool.

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