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I can look for obituaries from 1850 to the present.

Several newspapers were published in Springfield MA between the mid 1800’s and the late 1900’s. I have access to microfilmed copies of these newspapers. These include the Springfield Daily News, the Springfield Union, and the Springfield Republican. Only the Republican is still published today.

Until about 1950 or so, these newspapers covered most of Western MA: Hampden County, Hampshire County, and Berkshire County. Cities and towns whose deaths were generally reported in the old Springfield newspapers (pre-1950) are:

Hampden County Cities &Towns
Hampshire County Cities &Towns
Berkshire County Cities & Towns
Agawam
Blandford
Brimfield
Chester
Chicopee
East Longmeadow
Granville
Hampden
Holland
Holyoke
Longmeadow
Monson
Montgomery
Palmer
Russell
Southwick
Springfield
Tolland
Wales
West Springfield
Westfield
Wilbraham
 

Amherst
Belchertown
Chesterfield
Cummington
Easthampton
Goshen
Granby
Hadley
Hatfield
Huntington
Middlefield
Northampton
Pelham
Plainfield
South Hadley
Southampton
Ware
Westhampton
Williamsburg
Worthington

  Adams
Alford
Becket
Cheshire
Clarksburg
Dalton
Egremont
Florida
Great Barrington
Hancock
Hinsdale
Lanesborough
Lee
Lenox
Monterey
New Ashford
New Marlboro
No. Adams
Otis
Peru
Pittsfield
Richmond
Sandisfield
Savoy
Sheffield
Stockbridge
Tyringham
Washington
West Stockbridge
Windsor

Since about 1950 or so, the Springfield newspapers now report deaths primarily from towns in Hampden County only. I do not have local access to newpapers for Hampshire or Berkshire Counties.

Please be aware that none of the newspapers are indexed by name, so I must have the exact date of death to locate an obituary.

Also, be aware that, up until the early 1900’s, few ordinary citizens had an obituary; for most people, a brief death notice appeared in the paper, such as this example:

"Henry A. McMahan, age 62, died Wednesday at his home. Funeral Friday at 2 PM at his home at 101 Westminster Street."

In the 1800's, the kind of obituaries we are used to seeing today were generally reserved for prominent people. I will gladly look for obituaries in newspapers from the 1800’s, but please understand that what I find may be just a death notice, which is often of little value to genealogy research. Also, unlike today, not everyone who died had a death notice published in the newspaper.