We also scan, ocr, and enter obituaries in a database with full transcripts and associated metadata (example attached). Several interesting ones have also been posted on the Hudson River Valley Heritage site. Examples:
In addition to the obituaries, 1524, at current count, we have also built a database of Chester people, currently at 23,380, which has been invaluable, since so many people have shared the same names over the years. Seven Ebenezer Seelys; eight Jesse Woodhulls; thirteen John Smiths; twenty six Mary Seelys and so on.
Have all this data on a computerized database allows us to respond to inquiries with just a few moments of our time.