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How to find past obituaries

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A friend of mine from the Basel area experienced the loss of his father last April in 2011. I have read in Swiss Watching... that it is common for the families to advertise the person's life and survivors in the local newspapers as very elaborate obituaries--sometimes a quarter page or larger.

If so, is there a place I can go to search for the obituary from last April? I have not been able to turn anything up through regular Google searches of the name.

And, how does the family do this? What is the procedure?

Also, would the notice be in the hometown only? Or, if the person was currently residing at the family vacation home in the south of France at the time of passing, might the obituary be placed there as well?
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Re: How to find past obituaries

Yes, it's true that these often run to a quarter page - at least in our local paper, whose pages are about 9x13".

As to the procedure involved, I'm not sure I've understood your question completely. I've never had to do it but surely the family just phone/fax/write to the local newspaper. What other ways are there of placing an obituary ad?

As to whether they'd place an ad in the local newspaper where the deceased lived... well, perhaps. It depends on families and circumstances though. The "Heimatort" or hometown is very important to Joe Swiss though and it's more likely that the announcement would be run there.

The word for them in German is "Trauer-Anzeige", but they aren't normally posted to the internet (very few of these local papers have much of an internet presence in the first place) and so your chances of turning anything up with Google are slim. If you know what town it was, your best chance is to write to the newspaper directly.
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Re: How to find past obituaries

The French newspapers of Switzerland have a site www.hommages.ch Someone from Basel wouldn't necessarily be posted in these papers unless they had family somewhere in the French part, but it doesn't hurt to do a name search (it is free and goes back to when the site started sometime in 2008).

I don't know if there is a German equivalent? Anyone? I found a couple for local papers on google...not sure how reliable or how far they go back or if they are as user friendly as hommages...



http://verlag.baz.ch/todesanzeigen/ - This is Basel but it requires registration, apparently

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