Things to know about AJC obituaries or death notices
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contains three types of death information:
- Family-placed death notices: notices written by family members and supplied by the funeral home or cremation society handling arrangements to our classified advertising department. We also accept obituaries directly from the family if confirmation of death is provided by the funeral home, or another acceptable form of documentation is provided. For details on acceptable documentation call 404-526-5271.
- News obituary listings: brief information on deaths and service plans provided by the funeral home or cremation society handling arrangements. News listings are only accepted from funeral service providers.
- News obituary article: staff-written profiles of selected local residents, with the byline of the obituary writer.
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.
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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 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not accept information from other sources.
Family-Placed Death Notices
Hours of Operation: The Atlanta Journal Constitution Obituary Department is open Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm, Saturday & Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm, and Holidays 11 am – 2 pm (closed Christmas Day)
Obituaries are published 7 days a week in the Metro (B) section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Deadline is 5 pm each day for the following day’s publication (Holiday deadline 2 pm).
To place an obituary, please email email@example.com with the obituary and/or photo that you would like published. Also, please include the following information: your name, address and phone number as well as the name and phone number of the funeral home, crematory or donation society that handled the arrangements for verification purposes. Emails received after deadline will be answered the next day.
Pricing: Atlanta Journal Constitution obituaries are $14.00 per line if published on a weekday or a Saturday (Monday through Friday and Saturday) and $16.00 per line if published on a Sunday. (Note: there are 55-60 characters per line). Photo charge is not separate but is added as part of the lineage, and photos take up 14 lines. Once the obituary is received, an Atlanta Journal Constitution representative will email you back a proof of the ad with the cost and the information for you to call in before deadline to make payment.
In-memory notices are $11.50 per line on a weekday (Monday through Friday) or $13.00 per line on a weekend (Saturday or Sunday)
All of our obituaries can be found online at www.ajc.com. Loved ones can express condolences in the Guestbook, add photos, make donations to a charity and find many other useful services on our online version of the obituary. In-memory notices do not appear online. Digital versions of our daily obituary pages are available in the AJC Epaper, our digital replica edition.
The Newspaper reserves the right to refuse all material or photos based on our discretion.
For more information on submitting an obituary, please contact us phone at 404-526-5271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
We 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 nationwide
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 designations.
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 see Pricing.
To begin your search, visit our obituary archive at: nl.newsbank.com/sites/ajob
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:
- 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.)
- In the "Headline" box, type obituaries.
- If you have a general idea of the date of death, you can use the Date options to further limit your search.
- Click on the Search button.
- 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 sentences.
- 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
- Bartow County
General information: 770-387-5075
- Carroll County
General information: 770-836-6667
- Cherokee County
General information: 678-493-6160
- Clayton County
General information: 770-477-3301
- Cobb County
General information: 770-514-2300
Medical examiner: 770-528-2200
- Coweta County
General information: 770-254-2640
Coroner: 800-312-3178 (pager)
- DeKalb County
General information: 404-294-3857
Medical examiner: 404-508-3500
- Douglas County
General information: 770-920-7249
- Fayette County
General information: 770-716-4220
- Forsyth County
General information: 770-781-2140
- Fulton County:
General information: 404-730-1260
Medical examiner: 404-730-4400 Web: www.co.fulton.ga.us/services/services_detail_T27_R132.html
- Gwinnett County
General information: 770-822-8250
Medical examiner: 404-995-0666
- Hall County
General information: 770-531-6921
- Henry County
General information: 770-954-2303
- Paulding County
General information: 770-443-7541
- Rockdale County
General information: 770-278-7700
- State of Georgia Vital Records Division
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 sites
- UGA Libraries Georgia newspaper project, Athens.
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
- Kenneth 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 of Georgia
Start your family research here.
- Cyndi's List
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
ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi which has more than
74 million death-benefit-payment records
Users can conduct searches through the records of the Mormon Church's extensive databases.
- AfriGeneas: African Ancestored Genealogy
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 Help Book
Counseling and support
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.