Researching Funeral Home Records: Looking for the Dead

Deborah A. Abbott

Event Date

June 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Event Details

Funeral home records can be a valuable, but often underutilized resource for genealogists and family historians trying to identify a date of death or the names of relatives for an individual.  While funeral homes are generally private businesses, their records can still be accessed for family history research if you know where to look and who to ask. Learn what these records contain and how they vary by location and time period. Learn about websites, manuscript collections, archives, etc., that may hold these records.


About our Speaker:

Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D. is a professional genealogist, specializing in African American research, manuscript collections and genealogy methodology. She serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS); a member of the Cuyahoga County Archives Advisory Commission in Cleveland; and a member of the Board of Directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). She is an associate with the Kentucky-Tennessee Associates based in Springfield, TN; past president of the African American Genealogical Society, Cleveland, OH; and a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. She holds both the BS and M.Ed. degrees from Tuskegee University in Alabama and the Ph.D. degree from Kent State University in Ohio.

Dr. Abbott is an instructor as well as the Coordinator of the African American week-long course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, GA. She is an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in Salt Lake City, UT; and the African American Genealogy Colloquium at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. She presents lectures and workshops at a variety of national, state, and local genealogy conferences across the country, as well as colleges, businesses & libraries. She has had articles published in both the Ohio Genealogy News and Family Tree Magazines. Dr. Abbott can be seen teaching African American research entitled “Needles & Threads” on Ancestry Academy, an educational website video course for She teaches monthly classes entitled “Using in Genealogy Research” at the Lakewood (Ohio) Public Library and coordinates the “Genealogy and Family History Clinic” for the Cleveland Public Library.

Dr. Abbott is a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Association of Professional Genealogist (APG) and the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG). She is a life member of the Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society, Detroit, MI, as well as a member of other state and local genealogical societies.

A Cleveland native, she is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Tuskegee University National Alumni Association, and Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland.

Event Location

Willard Library, Browning Gallery

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