I’ve stated several times in the past that my favorite genealogy source type is and probably always be the ‘will’. This is because the will is the one historical legal document that provides a great deal of detail and insight into the lives, families and circumstances of our ancestors.
Now, I will state that my next favorite source to use if the ‘obituary’.
Although not quite as detailed as the will, the obituary is usually written and provided by family members and includes life details, names, relationships, personal details, etc and possibly a photo. I am always overjoyed to see new wills and obituaries made available to genealogy researchers online – especially when they’re free.
FamilySearch.org is in the process of having numerous obituaries indexed and upon completion these obituaries will be provided free on their site. Anyone interested in contributing to this indexing project can learn more from their blog posts, “2014: The Year of the Obituaries”, and “Obituary Arbitration in 6 Easy Steps.”