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We received a request, via the GoAncestry Facebook page, to search for an obituary for Shirley M. Albea. She was born 5 June 1941 and died on 15 December 2004.

There are obvious places to search such as Ancestry.com or other paid online sources. Ancestry.com does not have obituaries (original or transcribed) available. The U.S. Obituary Collection at Ancestry notes only the Name, Death Age: 63, Birth Date: 1941, Death Date: 15 Dec 2004, Obituary Date: 18 Dec 2004, and Newspaper Title: The Albany Herald. Next step, Newspapers.com which has a wealth of newspapers online; this requires a subscription. A quick check there showed that The Albany Herald is not one of the papers digitized yet. So then I went to the Library of Congress website where they also have a large collection of newspapers which are being digitized under the program "Chronicling America". This time for free but again, no Albany Herald. Based on Ms. Albea's fairly recent death date of 2004, I decided to check Funeral Home websites. The Mathews Funeral Home maintains a collection of obituaries but the oldest I found in my searches was for 2013. A prior Google search had provided me with a transcribed obituary at GenealogyBuff.com. However, I really wanted to find the original for the request. There are further searches that could be done by contacting a local (to Albany, GA) library to see if they have copies of this newspaper, on microfilm or print. I decided to stop my search here as I feel the GenealogyBuff websites probably provides a good transcription of the obituary and should be sufficient.

For the obituary, please see the Surname entry for Joseph and Shirley Albea. Additionally, check out Georgia Homepage or Dougherty County Homepage for more information on these regions. The South is definitely not my area of expertise in researching so if anyone would like to assist in building out any states and/or counties with quality information, please send me a message!

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