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Legacy.com is a website founded in 1998,[1] the world's largest commercial provider of online memorials.[2] The Web site hosts obituaries and memorials for more than 70 percent of all U.S. deaths.[3] Legacy.com hosts obituaries for more than three-quarters of the 100 largest newspapers in the U.S., by circulation.[4] The site attracts more than 30 million unique visitors per month and is among the top 40 trafficked Web sites in the world.[3]

Legacy.com attaches a publicly accessible guest book to most of the obituaries it hosts,[1] which enables anyone with an Internet connection to pay tribute to someone whose obituary appears in one of Legacy.com's affiliate newspapers. Legacy.com now reviews more than 1,000,000 guest book entries each month. About 75 percent of all guest books receive entries. As of 2016, the company was approaching 100 million guest book entries on its site.[4]

Legacy.com is a privately held company based in Evanston, Illinois, with more than 1500 newspaper affiliates in North America, Europe and Australia,[3][5][6] including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and Manchester Evening News.[7]


  1. ^ a b Urbina, Ian. "In Online Mourning, Don’t Speak Ill of the Dead". The New York Times, November 5, 2006. Accessed February 24, 2009
  2. ^ Hampson, Rick. "Legacies of war dead endure". USA Today, May 22, 2009. Accessed September 18, 2009
  3. ^ a b c Keagle, Lauri Harvey. "Death in the Dot-com Age", NWI Times, October 10, 2009. Accessed October 12, 2009
  4. ^ a b "Legacy.com Achieves Milestone: 650 Newspaper Affiliates". Reuters, April 28, 2008. Accessed February 24, 2009.
  5. ^ "Better Grieving Through Technology", Media Magazine, July 1, 2009. Accessed September 18, 2009
  6. ^ Kirsner, Scott."Monster.com founder sees untapped potential in death notices", Boston Globe, August 23, 2009. Accessed September 18, 2009
  7. ^ "Interactive online death notices for Midlands newspaper company", Hold the Front Page, November 12, 2007. Accessed February 24, 2009.

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