Resources: Death records | Obits by state | Genealogy | Grief resources | Funeral directors
Things to know about AJC obituaries
or death notices
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
contains three types of death information:
death notices: notices written by family members and supplied
by the funeral home or cremation society handling arrangements to
our classified advertising department.
News obituary listings: brief
information on deaths and service plans provided by the funeral home
or cremation society handling arrangements to our news obituary desk.
Information received each day is compiled by our news obituary staff
for publication the following day.
News obituary article: staff-written
profiles of selected local residents, with the byline of the obituary
A death may be noted by any one
or more of these methods. News obituary listings and family-placed
death notices may appear in the newspaper on more than one day, if
there is updated or additional information.
On the other hand, please remember
that not all deceased persons have listings in the newspaper.
Placing a news obituary or death notice
in the AJC and on ajc.com
Residents and former residents of Georgia can have their death and funeral
plans announced in the AJC's news obituaries.
To submit a news obituary listing,
please have the funeral home or cremation society in charge of arrangements
fax the obit information to News Obits at 404-526-7517.
We do not accept information from other sources.
Family-Placed Death Notices
Family-placed death notices are provided to the AJC's classified
advertising department by the funeral home or cremation society in charge
For more information about our
funeral home partners, please see our directory at:
If you have questions about our
death notice policies, you may call our classified advertising paid
notice department at 404-526-5271.
All obituaries and death notices
that appear in the pages of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also appear
on our Web site.
Your source for recent obituaries or death notices
The AJC has partnered with Legacy.com to host http://www.legacy.com/atlanta/Obituaries.asp.
The partnership allows the AJC to provide a free, searchable database
of all news obituaries and paid death notices that have appeared in the
newspaper within the last thirty days.
deliver enhanced interactive obituary features and services to online
visitors, funeral homes and the families they serve, including:
Guest Books for family-placed
death notices, where family and friends may share personal thoughts and
memories by posting condolences online. (Guest books are not available
for news obituaries or listings.)
A funeral home information page which
includes a customized map and driving directions, funeral home address,
telephone and fax number, and a link to the funeral home's Web site.
Charities and florists links
ObitMessenger - obituaries and
notices e-mailed to you daily from your choice of more than 100 newspapers
Tips for using this site
Browsing: You may browse the full text of a complete listing of
today's family-placed death notices, news obituary listings and news
obituaries, arranged alphabetically by last name, by clicking on "Browse
full text of deaths" under the "Deaths published" name box.
Because we include both news and
family-placed listings, you may see names listed more than once. Family-placed
death notices are indicated by * in the name list.
You may view *news obituaries only*
by city of Atlanta or county by clicking on the "Browse by location" link.
Family-placed death notices are not included in this view because family-placed
death notices published in the newspaper do not contain geographical
Individual notices or obituaries
are labeled as a news obituary article, a news obituary listing or
a paid death notice.
You may browse an earlier day's
listings by clicking on that day in the calendar and clicking on "Go".
You may choose to view the full-text
of all listings or only the notice or obituary headings, which include
the name of the deceased and the first sentences of the notice or obituary.
Searching: You may search
the entire 30-day archive by last name.
Plus, our keyword search feature allows you to search the current day's
listings for any terms, such as names of relatives or funeral home name,
in the full text of a notice or obituary.
Posting a condolence on a Guest
Book: You will find a Guest Book icon on all family-placed death
notices. Click on the icon to post your entry.
Guest Books remain online for 30
days unless sponsored. A sponsorship allows a Guest Book to remain
online permanently or for one year.
The Stacks obituary archive:
Your source for obituaries and death notices back to 2001
The Stacks obituary archive contains news obituary
articles and listings, and family-placed death notices from The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution dating back to January 1, 2001. Photos are not included
in the archive.
Obituaries and death notices are
available in the archive on the day of publication. You will also find
death notices and obituaries from the past 30 days, which may be viewed
free of charge at http://www.legacy.com/atlanta/Obituaries.asp.
You may search the archive by last
name or by any information that appears in the text of an obituary
or death notice. You may limit your search to any of the types of death
information that we publish: family-placed death notices, news obituary
listings or news obituary articles, or you may search across all types.
Your search results will include
the name of the deceased, the type of information (notice, obituary
listing or obituary article), the date of publication and a word count.
You will be prompted to pay when you click on a name from your results
list. You may purchase a single obituary or listing, or because many
people have both obituaries and death notices over several days, you
may purchase a pass good for seven days from the date of purchase,
to allow you to retrieve four notices or obituaries. For more details
To begin your search, visit our
obituary archive at: nl.newsbank.com/sites/ajob
The Stacks news archive:
Your source for older obituaries
The Stacks news archive is a useful tool for locating
death information published prior to January 1, 2001.
Our Stacks news archive of staff-written
news stories back to 1985 contains news obituary listings back to October
1998 and news obituary articles back to 1985. The Stacks news archive
does not contain family-placed death notices.
Finding a funeral listing, however,
can be helpful in determining when a family-placed death notice may
have appeared. With this information, you can search microfilm at your local public library.
Using the Stacks news archive
Here is the best method for searching
the Stacks news archive for news obituary listings (since October 1998)
and news obituary articles:
1. Go to the search screen at stacks.ajc.com
2. In the "Search terms" box,
type the first and last name of the person you are looking for. (If
you get no hits, you may want to try just the last name. However, you
may see many hits that are not pertinent to your search.)
3. In the "Headline" box,
4. If you have a general idea of
the date of death, you can use the Date options to further limit your
5. Click on the Search button.
6. In your results list, you will
receive the headlines and first few sentences from the funeral notices
or obituaries that include the name you have typed in the search terms
box. Please note that the name you typed may not appear in those first
7. When you click on a headline
to see the full text, you will be prompted to enter a method of payment.
Death records in the Atlanta metro area
To obtain date of death information
or death records in the Atlanta metro area
General information: 770-387-5075
General information: 770-836-6667
General information: 678-493-6160
General information: 770-477-3301
General information: 770-514-2300
Medical examiner: 770-528-2200
General information: 770-254-2640
Coroner: 800-312-3178 (pager)
General information: 404-294-3857
Medical examiner: 404-508-3500
General information: 770-920-7249
General information: 770-716-4220
General information: 770-781-2140
General information: 404-730-1260
Medical examiner: 404-730-4400
General information: 770-822-8250
Medical examiner: 404-995-0666
General information: 770-531-6921
General information: 770-954-2303
General information: 770-443-7541
General information: 770-278-7700
State of Georgia Vital Records
General information: 404-656-4701
Vital statistics (pay by credit card) 800-255-2414
Georgia Division of Public Health Web site: health.state.ga.us/programs/vitalrecords/death.asp
Social Security Death Index
A searchable database containing more than 74 million death-payment records
Georgia public library Web
UGA Libraries Georgia newspaper
A project devoted to microfilming newspapers across Georgia.
Telephone: 706-542-2131. www.libs.uga.edu/gnp
Georgia Genealogical Society
University of Georgia
Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Georgia genealogy links. www.cviog.uga.edu/Projects/gainfo/genealog.htm
H. Thomas, Jr.
View a list of Kenneth Thomas genealogy columns from the AJC archives.
Pay only to view full text of your selections.
Genealogical Computer Society
Start your family research here.
Even more links for the genealogy researcher.
U.S. Genweb Project
Links to many U.S. state and county resources.
A wealth of genealogy resources sponsored by ancestry.com. Includes a
searchable Social Security Death Index
has more than
74 million death-benefit-payment records
Users can conduct searches through the records of the Mormon Church's
AfriGeneas: African Ancestored
Searchable collection of census records, slave data, and other documents.
The American Family Immigration
History Center on Ellis Island
View digitized records of more than 22 million Americans who entered
the country through Ellis Island, N.Y. from 1892-1924.
Preparing for a death or funeral:
Federal Trade Commission
Consumer guide to funerals
National bereavement sites:
Grief and bereavement support resource for widows and widowers.
National Library of Medicine
and National Institutes of Health
Bereavement resources and links.
Grief & Loss
AARP collection of resources for those in mourning.
Metro Atlanta United Way
Bereavement groups and contact information.
Compassionate Friends -
Atlanta area chapters
National nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship
and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There
is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees.
Front Porch of Atlanta
Grieving children and their families.