ProQuest Launches Digital Collection of Obituaries

Sep 01, 2006

ProQuest Information and Learning, a provider of collecting, organizing, and publishing information for researchers, faculty, and students in libraries and schools, has announced the launch of ProQuest Obituaries, offering access to obituaries and death notices from national newspapers dating back to 1851. ProQuest Obituaries enables users to find ancestors and historical figures, and to trace family histories through a database of more than 10 million names.

The enewsletter, "In Passing", provides users with genealogy, history, or stories of people, historical samples, and genealogical finds available in ProQuest Obituaries. "In Passing" users will learn about events such as the casualties of the 1919 Boston molasses flood, the "Spanish flu" pandemic that killed more than 50 million people worldwide, and the young seamstresses who died in New York's Triangle shirtwaist factory fire and the subsequent laws created that mark their heritage today. This e-newsletter will be issued weekly during September, October, November, and December.

ProQuest has also announced that the Library of Virginia has announced a partnership with ProQuest Information and Learning on the digitization of historical newspapers. The Library is one of six pilot sites to receive funds from the National Digital Newspaper Program, a long-term effort by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to develop an internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers. ProQuest is working with the Library of Virginia to digitize key titles covering the time period 1900-1910, including The Richmond Times-Dispatch. In addition, the Library of Congress has chosen ProQuest as a partner to digitally convert 10 years of the New York Tribune to NDNP specifications for inclusion in the NDNP repository. The newspaper will be made available to the public as part of the Library of Congress digital collections.