To search the obituary index, please click on the link of the appropriate range of the surname. You can type Control + F (Ctrl+F) to search for the name once the PDF file of the document loads. If you cannot find an obituary in the index, please see a staff member with the name, newspaper title or city, and date.
To view obituaries found in the index, please make note of the full name, newspaper title, city of publication, date and page and column numbers. Provide staff with the newspaper title, city of publication and date so they can pull the necessary roll of microfilm. Staff will then provide you with the microfilm to look up the obituary based on the information from the index.
If a researcher finds an obituary that is not in the index and would like to add it, please let the staff know.
History of the Project
The Obituary Index developed through the work of researchers who have researched their ancestors in the newspapers we have in the Newspapers on Microfilm Collection. Procedures were originally set up that the researcher found the obituary in the microfilm they had requested and searched. Once it was found, the researcher then filled out an obituary form to take to the staff for them to print off the obituary. These obituary forms were saved and compiled into the obituary index. Thus, our index does not contain every obituary or death notice in every newspaper we own. Now that researchers can print copies of the obituaries themselves, obituaries aren’t added to the index as they once were. Research requests received and found by staff are added to the index on a regular basis.