After years of collecting cemetery and obituary information for Fort Bend County, Fort Bend County Libraries’ Local History and Genealogydepartment converted the compiled data into digital form, making it available on the library’s website as an online database. The obituaries database provides quick and easy Internet access for people who are searching for family-history information in Fort Bend County from anywhere in the world. Researchers may access the database by clicking on the “Obituary Database” link on the main page.
This searchable, online database is designed to help residents of Fort Bend County – and those with ties to the area – conduct genealogical research, either from the library or from home. The database includes obituaries of Fort Bend County residents, as well as some obituaries of former long-time Fort Bend County residents who have left the area. Most of the obituaries appeared in the Fort Bend Herald and its predecessors.
The database contains many thousands of records and will continue to grow as new records and obituaries are added from the library’s in-house files. Information contained in the burial records includes name, birth and death dates, cemetery of burial, and notes. Obituaries dating from the 1920s to the present contain .jpg images of obituaries that appeared in the Fort Bend Herald. The database also contains some obituaries from as far back as the 1850s.
The Obituary Database is the latest stage of a project begun many years ago by the Genealogy department’s volunteers and staff, who worked tirelessly to collect and compile a record of all the cemeteries and obituaries for Fort Bend County. In 1997, this burial information was published as a five-volume set entitled Registry of Cemeteries in Fort Bend County, Texas. A supplement was published in 2004, and another supplement is currently being assembled. That resource is housed in the Genealogy Department at George Memorial Library.