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These links will take you to various obituary search engines maintained by Libraries,  Universities and other sources.  Many of them are indexes and actual copies of the obituaries must be ordered from the institution who holds the files.  These are a wonderful resource for old and new obituaries.  I have also included some death index search engines.  Use the state index to locate the state for which you are seeking obituaries.

Kansas

Allen County Newspaper Items Index.  Includes obituaries along with death notices, marriages and birth announcements extracted from the Neosho Valley Register.

Barton County, Kansas Obituary Indexes.  Located at Barton County USGenWeb.  Includes obituaries 1925-1999 from The Hutchinson News.

Chase County Death and Obituary Index.  Located at Chase County USGenWeb.  Includes obituaries 1863-1999 from local area newspapers.

Chatauqua County, Kansas Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings.  Located at Chatauqua County USGenWeb.  Includes obituaries from 1920s, 1930s and 1940s Sedan Times-Star newspaper.

Death Notices of Members of Fraternal Orders Search Engine.  Located at Kansas State Historical Society.  Searches over 50,000 Kansas death notices.

Elk County Obituary Index.  Located at Elk County USGenWeb.  Files of Mrs. Mildred Martin.  Housed at the Howard Library, the obituaries come from various newspapers.

 

Emporia Gazette Index to Death Notices 1892-1989.

Emporia Gazette Index to Death Notices 1990-1999.  Both located at Flint Hills Genealogical Society of Lyons County, Kansas.  Includes almost 100,000 obits from the Emporia Gazette newspaper 1892-1989.  Total collection contains over 1,000,000 obituaries.

Johnson County Obituary Index.  Located at Johnson County USGenWeb.  Includes 1860-1930 obituaries, death notices, news articles and probate notices from local Olathe newspapers.

Johnson County Obituary Index.  Located at the Johnson County Library.  Includes obituaries from the Kansas City and Johnson County newspapers.  Covers years 1977 to present day.

Kansas Newspapers Database.  Located at the Kansas Historical Society.  The historical society holds the largest collection of Kansas newspapers in the state.

Lincoln County Death Register Index.  Located at Lincoln City Hall.  Includes deaths recorded in Lincoln County, Kansas between 1886 and 1989.

Lincoln County Obituary Index.  Located at Lincoln County USGenWeb.  Includes 1873-2003 obituaries from The Lincoln County Beacon and other local area newspapers.

Pittsburg Morning Sun Obituary Index.  Located at the Crawford County USGenWeb.  Index covers obituaries appearing in the Pittsburg Morning Sun from years 1975-2004.  Copies may be ordered from the Crawford County Genealogical Society.

Topeka and Shawnee County Newspaper and Obituary Index

Located at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.  Features a searchable Local Newspaper Index OR you can search only the Obituary Index.  Select one at the top.  Covers years 1906-1935 and 2004 to present time.

Wichita Death Records Index.  Located at Sedgwick County USGenWeb.  Includes 1887-1910 death indexes with instructions on how to order the death certificates.

Wichita Eagle and Wichita Beacon Obituary Index.  Located at Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society.  Includes obituaries 1955-2003 extracted from The Wichita Eagle and Wichita Beacon newspapers.

Wilson County - Neodesha Obituary Index.  Features the W. A. Rankin Memorial Library Obituary Index.  Covers years 1870-1984, 1994-1996 and 1998-present.

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Kentucky

1911-2000 Kentucky Death Records Index.  Located at RootsWeb.  Includes almost 3 million death certificates on file in the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics.

1911-1992 Kentucky Death Records Index.  Located at University of Kentucky.  Includes index of death certificates on file in the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics.

Johnson County, KY Deaths 1852-1904.

1900-1999 Deaths in Johnson County, KY  Both located at Johnson County USGenWeb.  Includes death records 1852-1904 and 1900-1999 in Johnson County, Kentucky.

Laurel County Death Certificates Index.  Located at Laurel County USGenWeb.  Includes index to death certificates filed in Laurel County, Kentucky in years 1856, 1857, 1858 & 1898 death notices.

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Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Obituary Index.  Located at RootsWeb freepages.  Includes obituaries 1952-1959 and 1980-1991 from local Baton Rough Louisiana newspapers.

Jefferson Parish Index of Deaths.  Located at the Jefferson Parish Genealogical Society.  Includes an index of deaths published in the Times Picayune newspapers between 1994 and 2005.

Jefferson Parish Obituary Database.  Located at the Jefferson Parish Library.  Searchable database of obituary notices from the Times-Picayune newspapers for years 1972-1978

Louisiana Biography and Obituary Index.  Located at the New Orleans Public Library.  Searchable index of obituaries and death notices published in New Orleans newspapers between 1804 and 1972.  Also contains some older Louisiana biographies.  These indexes provide more than 650,000 names.

New Orleans Library Card Index of Obituaries.  Located at USGenWeb Archives.  Includes various obituaries extracted from New Orleans, Louisiana newspapers on file at the New Orleans Public Library.

Orleans Parish 1804-1938 Death Index.  Located at USGenWeb.  Includes 1804-1938 deaths taken from the Louisiana Archives.  Files are arranged by year.

Orleans Parish 1828-1848 Jewish Burials.  Located at USGenWeb.  Includes 1828-1848 deaths taken from the Louisiana Genealogical Register.

Times Picayune Obit Index.  Located at USGenWeb Archives.  Includes 1880s - present day obituaries extracted from the Times Picayune newspaper of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Washington Parish Obituary Indexes.  Located at the Washington Parish Library.  Includes indexes of obituaries featured in the Bogalusa Daily News, the Bogalusa Bulletin, the Bogalusa Enterprise and American and the New Era / New Era Leader.

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Maine

Brunswick, Maine Newspaper Search Engine.  Located at Curtis Memorial Library.  Searches the Snow index of newspaper articles from Brunswick weekly newspapers 1853-1960.

Dexter, Maine Obituary Database.  Located at Abbot Memorial Library.  Includes 1810-2004 obituaries indexed from sources and publications in the library.

Ellsworth - Jeans Maine Genealogy PageIndex of deaths and marriages extracted from 3 Ellsworth, Maine newspapers.  Eastern Freeman 1853-1854.  Ellsworth Herald and the Ellsworth American for dates 4-3-1858 through 12-31-1891.

Maine Death Records Search Engine,  Located at RootsWeb.  Searches indexes of death records in Maine 1960-1997.

Maine Obituaries Index.  Located at RootsWeb.  Includes various old obituaries from local newspapers across the state of Maine.

Mount Hope Cemetery Interment Database

Searchable database holds death information about interments in this 166 year old cemetery.  The information in the database includes not only the name of the deceased and their burial place but also their place of birth, age at death, family member, and if they were in the armed forces. 

 

Portsmouth Herald Obituary Archives.  Located at The Portsmouth Herald.  Includes 1998 - present day obituaries.

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Maryland

Baltimore Area Newspaper Death Notices and Obituaries

Located at the Baltimore County USGenWeb site.  Features a large collection of extracts and copies of death notices and obits which appeared in local area newspapers.  Includes items from Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County and Howard County.  Newspapers included: Baltimore Sun, Baltimore American, The Baltimore County Democrat, Columbia Flier, Evening Sun, AEGIS, The East County Times and others. Indexed by surnames.

Jednosc-Polonia Death Notice Index Search 1926-1946

Located at the Polish Genealogical Society of America.  Searchable index of death notices which were published in the Jednosc & Polonia - 2 Polish publications published in Baltimore.  Covers years 1926 to 1946.

Maryland Church Records, Deaths & Burials Index.  Located at Maryland State Archives.  Includes 1600s - 1900s church records from various churches across the state of Maryland.

Maryland Death Indexes Search Engine.  Located at Maryland State Archives.  Searches 1898-1910 Board of Health deaths on file, 1910-1951 Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics deaths on file and Baltimore Death Record Index 1875-1972.

Maryland Newspaper Images Online.  Located at Maryland State Archives.  Contains 25 reels of newspaper images from Maryland newspapers including: American and Commercial Daily Advertiser 1804-1807; Baltimore Whig 1810; Cambridge Chronicle 1830-1855; Cecil Whig 1870-1874; Centreville Observer 1871-1918; Ellicott City Times 1879-1899; Kent County News 1965; Maryland Gazette 1729-1810; Maryland Journal 1889; Maryland Republican 1809; Montgomery County Sentinel 1860-1872; Queenstown News 1888-1903; Republican Star or Eastern Shore General Advertiser 1802-1803.

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Massachusetts

Boston Globe and Boston Herald Obituary Search Engine.  Located at Boston Public Library.  Searches 1971-1974 and 1983-2002 full-length obituaries extracted from The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald newspapers.

Boston Jewish Advocate Obituary Database.  Located at Jewishgen.org.  Contains the index to 23,741 obituary notices from the Boston Jewish Advocate newspaper between 1905 and 2004.

Town of Natick Death Record Indexes.  Located at Town of Natick Vital Records 1874-1913.  Includes 1874-1913 death records for Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Vineyard Gazette 1850-1875 Death Notices Index

Vineyard Gazette1884-1939 Death and Marriage Notices Index A-K

Vineyard Gazette1884-1939 Death and Marriage Notices Index L-Z

 

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Michigan

Branch County Death Records Search Engine.  Located at Branch County Clerk's Office.  Searches death records from late 1800s to present.

Brighton Obituary Index Search Engine.  Located at Brighton Public Library.  Searches obituaries from 1971 - 2003 from the Livingston County Press and Argus newspaper.

Cheboygan County Death Indexes.  Located at Cheboygan USGenWeb.  Includes death records 1867-1933.

Macomb County, Michigan Obituary Index Search Engine.  Searches obituaries 1880 - present day from Macomb area newspapers.

Michigan Death Index Search Engine.  Located at Michigan Department of Community Health.  Searches Michigan death records 1867-1897.

Saginaw Obituary Index.  Located at Saginaw Public Library.  Includes over 170,000 obituaries dating back to the 1800s.

Wayne County Michigan Obituary Images.  Located at GenWed.com.  Includes scanned obituaries from The Detroit News for October 1954.

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Minnesota

1907-1996 Death Certificate Search.  Located at the Minnesota Historical Society.  Searches Minnesota death records 1907-1996.

1885-2001 Norman County Obituary Indexes.  Located at Margit Bakke's Genealogy Site and provided by The Norman County, Minnesota Genealogy Society.  Includes indexes of obituary books and they will provide lookups of an obituary.

Dakota County Obituary Index.  Various obituaries of Dakota County persons.  Located at Minnesota Genealogy Trails.

Duluth Obituary File - Located at the Duluth Public Library.  Searchable index of obituaries which were published in the Duluth News-Tribune and the Duluth Herald 1962 to present day.  Copies may be requested from the library for a small fee.

New York Mills Newspapers Database Search.  Located at the History Museum of East Otter Tail County.  Can also be searched in Finnish.

Pennington County Obituary and Cemetery Index Search.  Located at the Pennington County Historical Society.  The indexes are searchable and copies of obituaries may be ordered from the society.

Perham Enterprise Bulletin Newspaper Database.  Located at the History Museum of East Otter Tail County.  Includes obituaries as far back as 1883.  Other databases at the site include 1882-1900 Register of Births and Deaths in Perham, MN and a database of cemetery records.

Rochester Post Bulletin Obituary Database.  Located at the Olmsted County Historical Society.  Contains obituaries 1993-1997 from the Rochester Post Bulletin Newspaper.  The site also offers a database of 1871-1940 death records at the Rochester Death Records Index , 1859-1912 Newspaper Subject Index, and the Olmsted County Probate Records Index.

St. Cloud Times Obituary Index.  Located at the Great River Regional Library.  Includes indexes to 1928-2012 obituaries in The St. Cloud Times newspapers.  Also see: St. Cloud Times Obituary Archives for obituaries 1999 to 2010.

Stearns County Rural Newspapers Obituary Index.  Located at St. Cloud Area Genealogist's Inc.  The project currently only has surnames A-H indexed for the Albany Enterprise newspaper but the index is still in progress.

Upsala Index Search.  Located at the Upsala Area Historical Society.  The index contains names from the Upsala News Tribune 1917-1960, Upsala cemeteries and an incomplete index of Morrison county deaths.

Wilkin County Obituary Index.  Located at RootsWeb, this index is being compiled by the Wilkin County Historical Society.  It contains obituaries from local Wilkin County newspapers.

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Mississippi

Brookhaven Obituary Index.  Located at Lincoln Lawrence Franklin Regional Library.  Includes 1969-2000 obituaries appearing in The Daily Leader newspaper.  Also see additional newspaper and death indexes on their Lincoln Lawrence Franklin Regional Library Genealogy and History Page.

Tippah County Obituaries Index  Located at Tippah County USGenWeb.  Includes obituaries 1836-1936 from Ripley's Southern Sentinel and other local publications.

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Missouri

Adair County Obituaries and Death Notices Index.  Located at the Adair County Historical Society.  Features obituaries from the Kirksville Daily Express.  Covers years 1979 to 2004.

Cass County Obituary Index.  Located at the Cass County Historical Society.  Index of obituaries.  If found in the index, one may order a copy of the obituary from the Cass County Historical Society.

Houston Herald Obits.  Located at the Houston Herald.  Obituaries from 1949 to July 2004 are found in the digital archives.  For a small fee, they offer access to everything ever published in the Houston Herald newspaper from 1949-2004 in a searchable database.

Jefferson County Obituaries.  Located at the Jefferson County Library.  Covers years 1999 to 2004.  Obituaries provided by the following funeral homes:

  • Robert D. Brown Funeral Home in Hillsboro
  • Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home in De Soto
  • Mahn Funeral Home in De Soto and Festus
  • Vinyard Funeral Homes in Festus

Macon County - Mears Obituary IndexLocated at the Macon County USGenWeb.  Features a large index of obituaries covering years 1874 to 1933.  The obituaries are extracted from the following newspapers:

  •  The Missouri Granger

  • The LaPlata Home Press

  • The Macon Republican

  • Macon Chronicle

  • Macon Chronicle-Herald

  • The Macon Daily Chronicle Herald

  • Macon Journal.  Years covered are 1874 to 1933.

McDonald County Obituary Index.  Located at the McDonald County Library.  Large index of obituaries published in local area newspapers.  The index contains vital information from the obituary but copies of the obituaries maybe be requested from the library staff.

Missouri pre 1909 Birth and Death Records Search Engine.  Located at Missouri State Archives.  Searches early Missouri birth & death records prior to 1909. 

O'Dell's Obituaries of Northwest Missouri and Southwest Iowa IndexThis great resource includes obituaries from Atchison County, Missouri, Nodaway County, Missouri, Page County, Iowa and Taylor County, Iowa.

St. Francois County Obituary Index - Located at Ed and Sandy Mackley's Missouri Families.  Farmington Public Library Obituary Index from the Cozean Funeral Home and Taylor Funeral Service.

St. Louis Public Library Obituary Indexes - 1880s - present day obituaries from the St. Louis Post Dispatch Newspaper.

Sullivan County DeathsLocated at the Sullivan County USGenWeb.  Includes an index of death notices which were published in the Sullivan Standard and the MIlan Republican newspapers.  Covers years 1875 to 1899.

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Montana

1922-1923 Teton County, MT Obituary Index.  Located at Teton County, Montana GenWeb.  A work in progress. 

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Miscellaneous Obituary and Deaths Resources:

 Search Historical Newspaper Collections

 RootsWeb Obituary Times Daily

 Obit Times Search Engine at RootsWeb

 Newspaper Obituaries Search Engine at Ancestry

 Instant Death Record Search

 Social Security Death Index Search Engine

 Cemetery Message Boards@GenForum

 United States Vital Records

 Order Birth & Death Records Online

 Search Recent Obituaries


Obituary Search Engines by Religion:

American Jewish Year Book Cumulative Index of Obituaries

American Friend Obituary Index.  Located at USGW Archives, it is an index of obituaries extracted from The American Friend, a Quaker publication.  Years include 1894-1960. Copies of obituaries may be requested from the Earlham College.

Christian Conservator Obituary Index.  Located at Huntington College.  Includes late 1800s to early 1900s obituaries.

Gospel Advocate Obituary Index - Church of Christ 1855-2006 

Seventh Day Adventist Obituary Search Engine

Mennobits - Obituaries of Amish and Mennonite Families 1864-1998.

Religious Telescope Obituary Alphabetical Index.  Located at Huntington College.  Includes 1800s-1900s obituaries from United Brethren publications.

Religious Telescope Obituary Geographical Index.  Located at Huntington College.  Includes 1800s-1900s obituaries from United Brethren publications.


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