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Wingate Lassiter
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Smithfield, NC 27577
 
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Newspaper Obituaries, 1801-present
Newspaper Obituaries -- 1801 to the present -- Research Database

As part of the Johnston County Heritage Center's Research Databases Project, we're pleased to provide you with a searchable collection of information from obituary notices published in selected regional newspapers since 1801. Unless noted otherwise, notices since 1885 are from The Smithfield Herald. Prior to that, most notices appeared in one of three newspapers (indicated by abbreviations): Raleigh Register (RR), Farmers & Mechanic (F & M) of Raleigh, and the Clayton Bud (CB). Starting in January 2008, we're also including selected obituaries from Johnston County newspapers in addition to the Herald: Clayton News-Star (NS), Cleveland Post (P), Four Oaks-Benson News In Review (NR), Kenly News (N), Princeton News-Leader (NL), Selma News (N), and Dunn Daily Record (DR).

You can search by last name, age, or date range. Please note that not all database records are complete. This means that some records do not have the individual's first name, date of publication date, or age at time of death. If you do not find what you are looking for with one type of search, try another.

If you'd like a photocopy of a particular obituary, we can make it and mail it to you. You may order online by clicking the "ADD TO CART" icon at the bottom of each entry and following instructions from there. Or, you may simply send us a written request along with a check ($5.00 per article) made payable to the Johnston County Heritage Center, PO Box 2709, Smithfield NC 27577.

For more information about ordering photocopies of the obituaries, please e-mail heritagecenter@johnstonnc.com.
 

Search by Name

Enter the name of the individual you are looking for. If you want to search for part of a name, enter only the beginning letters. For example, to find all last names beginning with MI, simply enter MI in the field. (Note, though, that the fewer letters you enter, the longer your search will take).

To search for the full name of a person, enter the last name, a comma and space, and then the first name. For example, to find "Elizabeth Ross", enter Ross, Elizabeth. (Note, though, that not all records have first names listed. Sometimes there are only initials, other times no first name at all. To return more records, only enter the last name).

Last Name:


 
Search by Age at Death

Enter the age at death. To return a list of infants, enter 1 for the age.

Enter Age at Death:


 
Search by Date of Obituary Publication

Enter a date range for obituaries published between two dates.
Format of the date must be mm/dd/yyyy. Dates are inclusive.

Beginning Publication Date:
Ending Publication Date:


 
Search by Record ID

Enter the Record ID Number:

Please direct any questions, comments, or suggestions to heritagecenter@johnstonnc.com.
Thank you for your interest in the Johnston County Heritage Center and the Johnston County Historical Archives.