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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.

Nebraska

Omaha Obits.  Maintained and updated by the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society.  Features obituaries and death notices which have appeared in local Omaha newspapers.  Covers time period from late 1800s to present time.

Red Willow County Obituary Index.  Located at the McCook Daily Gazette.  Includes an archive of 2001-present day obituaries from the McCook Daily Gazette newspaper.

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Nevada

Carson Appeal Newspaper Index.  (This database is now included in the University of Nevada - Nevada Newspapers on Microfilm along with many other Nevada newspapers.)  Located at the Nevada State Library and Archives.  Includes obituaries and death notices published in the Carson Appeal Newspaper.  Covers years 1865-1866, 1897-1880, 1881 and 1885-1886.

Mineral County, Nevada Obituary and Death Index.  Located at Cactus Gem's Garden.  Contains information from the Mineral County Independent-News and Gunter's Funeral Home along with submitted data for Mineral, Nye and Esmeralda Counties.

Pershing County, Nevada Record of Deaths 1919-1936.  Located at USGenWeb Archives.  Contains death records found in a handwritten book: Pershing County Record of Deaths 1919-1936 located at the Pershing County Courthouse.

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New Hampshire

Conway, New Hampshire Death Index.  Located at Conway Public Library.  Includes 1887-1989 death indexes They also have a cemetery database..

New Hampshire Obituary Index.  Located at New Hampshire USGenWeb.  Includes NH obituaries submitted by readers.

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New Jersey

The Hunterdon County Democrat Extractions and Transcriptions.  Located at Dennis Sutton's "Home Grown in The Garden State" site.  Includes 1838-1900 extractions of articles which contain genealogical data from The Hunterdon County Democrat Newspapers.

The Hunterdon Gazette Index.  Located at Hunterdon County Historical Society.  Includes an index of 19,700 death notices and articles published between 1825 and 1856 in The Hunterdon Gazette.

Trenton Chronilogical Index.  Located at Trenton Historical Society.  Includes 1856, 1857, 1863, 1870, and 1871 articles index from "The True American" newspaper.

Trenton Obituary Indexes.  Now located at the Trenton Historical Society.  The Old Hill Mill Society is currently working on additions to this index.  Includes 1901-1918 and 1984 obituaries from the Trenton Sunday Advertiser. 

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New Mexico

1899-1940 New Mexico Death Index Project.  Located at New Mexico USGenWeb.  Index to death records created by volunteers.

Clovis News-Journal Obituary Index.  Located at the Curry County NMGenWeb.  The index includes obituaries which appeared in the Clovis News-Journal Newspapers between 1912 and 2005.  Instructions for ordering copies of the actual obituaries found in these indexes.

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New York

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Newspaper Online.  Includes actual newspaper images from 1841-1902.

Buffalo News Library - Includes Obituaries from 1989 to present.

Canastota, NY Obituary Index.  Located at Canastota Village Historian Website.  Includes 1876-1999 obituaries from local area newspaper. (CURRENTLY OFFLINE & linked now to the web archive.)

Dansville, NY Area Obituary Search Engine.  Located at Dansville Public Library.  Searches 1964 - present day obituaries from local Dansville newspapers.

New York Obituary Index.  Located at RootsWeb, the index contains many obituaries from across the state for various years.

New York Times Death Notices Index. Includes death notices from the New York Times newspapers beginning in 1929.  (work in progress). 

Rochester Life Records Database.  Located at the Rochester, NY Library.  Features birth, death and marriage notices from the City of Rochester newspapers.  Includes the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, and the Times-Union newspapers.  Covers years 1960 to 2006.

Waterville, NY Obituary Index.  Located at the Oneida County USGenWeb.  Includes 1856-1895 obituaries from "The Waterville Times" newspapers.

Winfield Star Death Index.  Located at Herkimer County USGenWeb Project.  This resource is an index of deaths extracted from the newspaper "The Winfield Star" for years 1860-1952.  The index may also contain death information on people from the neighboring counties of Madison, Oneida and Otsego.

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North Carolina

1913-1978 Death Records Index of Macon County.  Located at Once Upon A Time site.  (work in progress)

Catawba County - Index of Obituaries from the Hickory Daily Record

Located at the Hickory Public Library.  Features an alphabetical index to obituaries published in The Hickory Daily Record 1915-1989.  Also See: 1993 to 2004 Obituary Index.

Columbus County Newspaper Indexes.  Located at the Columbus County Library Sources.  Features newspaper indexes 1924-1981, The News Reporter Index 1982-1991 and 1998-1999, and The News Reporter Index 1992+.

Davidson County Obituaries Index at the Davidson County Public Library.  Located at the Davidson County Public Library.  The following indexes are on file: 1888-1948, 1951-1975, 1976-2000, 2001-2009,

Fayetteville Observer Obituary Archive

Located at the Fayetteville Observer newspaper site.  Features an archive of obituaries published from 1988 to present day.

Granville Observer Obituary Archive

Located at NCGenWeb.  Features an index to early obituaries published in Granville County newspapers.

Guilford County Historical Marriage and Death Records

Located at the Greensboro Public Library.  Marriage records include notices from the Greensboro Patriot 1826-1899, Guilford County marriage bonds 1771-1868 and marriage bonds from William Clemens book North & South Carolina Marriage Records.  Death records include obituaries 1826-1899 from the Greensboro Patriot, and record of some NC cemetery tombstone records.

Iredell County Obituary Index.  Located at the Iredell County Public Library.  Includes obituaries 1949 to 2006 from the Statesville Record & Landmark newspaper. (For best results, read "How to Search.)

Johnston County, Smithfield Obituaries Search Engines.  Located at Johnston County Heritage Center.  Searches 1885-2002 obituaries from the Smithfield Herald newspaper.

Smithfield Herald Obituaries

Located at The Heritage Center in Johnston County, NC.  Features a searchable database of obituaries from1885 to present day.

New Bern Obituary Index Search Engine.  Located at New Bern, Craven County Public Library.  Searches 1751 - 1884 and 1968 - present day obituaries from local New Bern area newspapers.

North Carolina Family Records Online.  Located at the State Library and State Archives of North Carolina.  This searchable database features death and marriage notices from the Raleigh Register and the North Carolina State Gazette along with several old family Bibles.  Completely searchable and results return the original document to be viewed.

Old Buncombe County Obituary Collection.  Located at the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society, the site features a surname search of the obituary index.  Copies of obituaries in this index may be purchased form OBCGS.

Washington County Death Records Index.  Located at Washington County USGenWeb.  Includes 1913-1980 Death Records.

Wayne County Newspaper Abstracts.  Located at the Wayne County Public Library.  Features abstracts of obituaries from the Goldsboro Messenger and Goldsboro Headlight covering years 1869-1903.  Also found at this site are births and marriages abstracted from newspapers.

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North Dakota

Fargo Forum Obituary Index Search Engine.  Located at North Dakota State University.  Searches 1901-present day obituaries from The Fargo Forum newspaper.  Copies of obituaries may be ordered.

Golden Valley Newspapers.  Located at Golden Valley County GenWeb.  Transcriptions of extractions of births, marriages and deaths from local newspapers.  Includes 1908-1917 extracts from The Beach Advance and 1907-1908 extracts from the Golden Valley Chronicle.

North Dakota Funeral Home Records Index.  Located at the Red River Valley Genealogical Society.  A database of Funeral Home records covering years 1903-1997.  Counties covered are Cass, Foster, Griggs, Richland and Steele.  The society also offers obituary research for a fee.

North Dakota Public Death Index.  Located at the North Dakota Department of Health.  The database indexes death certificates on file.  The search is tricky.  You must use the exact format (mm/dd/yyyy) for dates or you will not be given any search results.  Certificates may be ordered using the information found in the index.

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Ohio

1913-1937 Ohio Death Index.  Located at The Ohio Historical Society.

Barberton Obituary Indexes.  Located at the Barberton Public Library.  Features an index to obituaries from the following local Ohio newspapers and dates.  Barberton News - 1892-1929.  Barberton Leader - 1913-1922.  The Barberton Herald 1928 to present with the exclusion of 1933.  The Akron Beacon Journal 1984 to present.  Copies of obituaries may be requested.

Clark County, Ohio Obituary Index Search Engine.  Located at Clark County Public Library.  Searches 1926 - present day obituaries from the Springfield newspaper. (This database has been merged into the Rutherford B. Hayes database.)

Cleveland Necrology File Search Engine.  Located at the Cleveland Public Library.  Searches 1833-1975 Death Notices from local Cleveland area newspapers.

Cleveland News Index Search Engine.  Located at the Cleveland Public Library.  Searches 1976-present day obituaries from local Cleveland, Ohio publications and newspapers.

Columbus News Index Obituary Search Engine.  Located at Columbus Metropolitan Library.  Searches 1932-1997 obituaries from The Columbus Dispatch Newspaper.

Dayton Obituaries Index / Search Engine.  Located at Dayton Metro Library.  This index features basic information about the obituary or death notice indexed and where it can be found in the local Dayton newspaper.  The search form searches 1850-1890, 1903-1913, 1920-1931, 1951-1957 and 1985 to present day.

Fayette County Record Herald Obituary Index Search Engine.  Located at Carnegie Public Library.  Searches 1911-1930 & 1960-1975 obituaries from the Record Herald Newspaper.  Also see the Fayette County 1867-1908 Death Index and the St. Colman Church Death Records.

Granville Times Obituary Indexes.  Located at Kinfinder.com.  Includes 1880-1941 obituaries from The Granville Times newspaper.

Hancock County Obituary Index.  Located at the Findlay - Hancock County Public Library.  Searchable by name, date, newspaper and cemetery.  Features an index of obituaries from local Hancock County newspapers from the mid 1800s to present time.  Newspapers include the Morning Republican, The Courier, The Republican Courier and the Findlay Weekly Jeffersonian.

Huron County - Obituary Records of Wakeman Township.  Located at USGenWeb Archives.  Full transcript of The Obituary Record of Wakeman Township from its early settlement in 1817 to January 1st, 1859.

Lawrence County Obituary Indexes.  Located at The Lawrence Register.  Includes 1850-2001 obituaries from local newspapers.

Licking County Obituaries and Death Notices.  Located at Kinfinder.com.  Features obituaries and deaths recorded in The Granville Times from years 1880 to1941.

Lima Obituary Index Search Engine.  This index is now included in the Rutherford B. Hayes Collection.  Searches 1940 to present day obituaries from local Lima newspapers.

Louisville Public Library Obituary Database.  Located at Louisville Public Library.  Includes over 24,754 obituaries 1887-present from the Louisville Herald and other local sources.

Meigs County Obituary Index.  Located at the Chester Courthouse.  Features a searchable index to obituaries

Miami Valley Genealogical Index.  Located at the Preble County District Library.  Search engine for a large variety of marriage, tax, wills, census and other genealogical records.  Fantastic genealogy record resource!

MOLO Obituary Index Search Engine.  Searches obituaries from the Coshocton Tribune, 1980 - present Dresden Transcript, Holmes County Journal, Loudonville Advocate, Loudonville Democrat, Loudonville Times, and 1863 - present from the Massillon Independent.

Ohio Obituary Index.  Located at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.  Searchable newspapers from the 1810s to present day from 55 partner libraries.

Perry County Obituaries.  Located at the Perry County Genealogical Society.  Full length obituaries from various resources and local area newspapers are indexed.

Pickaway County Obituaries.  Located at Rootsweb.  An index of full obituaries from various sources and years.

Pike County Obituaries. Located at Rootsweb.  An index of obituaries published in local Pike County, OH obituaries from local newspapers including The Waverly News Watchman, The Republican Herald and other resources.

Genealogical & Historical Records of Preble County, Ohio.  Located at Preble County District Library.  Searches obituaries 1960-1968 and 1970-1982.  Includes many marriage records.  Work in progress.

Ross County Death Records - Contains indexes for obituaries and death notices found in the Scioto Gazette and the Chillicothe Advertiser from the 1840s to 1860s with information on how to obtain full copies of these items from the newspapers. 

Ross County Obituaries. Located at Ross County OHGenWeb.  Index of obituaries from local newspapers, various resources and dates

Ross County Obituaries Index.  Located at USGenWeb Archives.  An index to full length obituaries transcribed from various resources and dates.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Search Engine - Searches over 1,300,000 obits, marriages and death notices from the NW region of Ohio, 1830s - present day.

Stark County Genealogical Records 1815-1899.  Located at Stark County Public Library.  Includes marriage, divorce, administration and death notices from the Ohio Repository.

Stark County Obituaries Index.  Located at Stark County Public Library.  Includes 1900-1939 obituaries from the Canton Repository.

Summit County - Barberton Obituary Indexes.  Located at the Barberton Public Library.  Features an index to obituaries from the following local Ohio newspapers and dates.  Barberton News - 1892-1929.  Barberton Leader - 1913-1922.  The Barberton Herald 1928 to present with the exclusion of 1933.  The Akron Beacon Journal 1984 to present.  Copies of obituaries may be requested.

Tuscarawas County Obituary Index.  Located at the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society.  The site features an index of obituaries from the Daily Reporter 1954-1967 and The Tines-Reporter 2003-2011.

Van Wert County Obituaries for Surnames: A-L Van Wert County Obituaries for Surnames: M-Z.  Located at Ohio Genealogy Trails.  Features transcriptions of full obituaries published in local Van Wert Newspapers on various dates.

Wayne County Obituary Index.  Located at Wayne County Public Library.  Includes 1890 - 1969 and 2000s obituaries from local area newspapers.  The library also holds other online genealogy databases.

Williams County Obituaries.  Located at the William County OHGenWeb. 

Wood County Obituary Search Engine.  Located at Wood County Public Library.  Searches over 60,000 obituaries 1848-present day from most of the Wood County Newspapers.

Worthington News Index.  Located at the Worthington Public Library.  Features a searchable index of articles and items, including obituaries published in the following newspapers: This Week in Worthington 2000-2003; Western Intelligencer 3-6-1812 to 3-10-1813; Worthington News 3-12-1925 to 2-5-1942; and Worthington News 2000-2002.

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Oklahoma

Antlers American Obituary Index.  Located at the Pushmataha County USGenWeb.  The index includes years 1940-2004 death mentions and obituaries from the Antlers American newspaper which is published in Antlers, OK.  Copies may be ordered from the Antlers American or the Pushmataha County Historical Society.  More information is found on the site.

Caddo County Obituary Index.  Located at the Caddo County Genealogical Society, the index covers years 1918 to present day.

Garfield OK Obituary Index. Files originally located at the Enid Public Library but this index is located at the Garfield County Genealogists Inc.

Latimer County Obituary Index. Located at the Latimer County Historical and Genealogical Society.  Currently, it is complete from 1904-1980 and the society is still working on years 1981-2003.  Full obituaries may be requested from the society.

Muskogee Newspaper Oklahoma Death and Obituary Indexes.  Located at the Muskogee County Genealogical Society.  Features indexes of obituaries and death notices published in the Muskogee Daily Phoenix and other local newspapers.  Covers years 1907 to present day.

Oklahoma Historical Society Newspaper Article DatabaseA citation database for birth notices, death notices, obituaries and marriage notices.  Searchable by name, title of newspaper, article title, subject, place names, authors, and date.  This database includes citations from hundreds of Oklahoma newspapers.

Pawnee County Obituary Index.  Located at the Pawnee County Historical Society, copies of the items may be ordered from the society.  Items include obituaries, funeral home cards, death notices, family files and other local history documents.

Tulsa Funeral Home Records.  Located at the Tulsa Genealogical Society Library.  Features an index of Tulsa funeral home records from Moore's Funeral Home 1927-1980, Moore's Eastlawn Funeral Home 1966-1980, Ninde's Funeral Home 1917-1980, Whisenhunt's Funeral Home 1929 to 1983, Stanley's Funeral Home 1909-1981, Winterringer Funeral Home 1906-1910, Lane Funeral Home 1934-1949, Fitzgerald Funeral Home 1936-1980 and Heath-Griffith Funeral Home 1967-1984.  Index info includes full name of deceased and the volume and page number where the record is located.

Tulsa World and Tulsa Tribune Obituary Search Engine.  Located at Tulsa World.  Searches 1989-present day obituaries from Tulsa newspapers.

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Oregon

1903-1905 Oregon Death Certificate Search.  Located at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon.  Features an index Oregon Death Certificates 1903-1905 which are available at the GFO Library and the state of Oregon.

Clackamas County Obituaries A-K  |  L-Z.  Located at USGenWeb, this resource is an index of obituaries published in The Oregonian (1861-1875).

Early Oregonian Search - Located at the Oregon Secretary of State.  Features a public records database.  The mission is to document all individuals who lived in Oregon prior to statehood through 1860.

Eugene Register Guard Index.  Created by staff at the Eugene Public Library, the collection is searchable at the University of Oregon.  Searches 1963-2003 citations about local people and issues from Lane County Register-Guard newspapers.

Jackson County Obituary Index.  Located at the Jackson County Genealogical Society.  These obituaries are extracted from local newspapers: Ashland Daily Tidings, Medford Mail Tribune, and the Upper Rogue Independent of Eagle Point.  They cover years 1867-2006.  Copies of obituaries may be requested from the society.  The society also features Jackson County Cemetery Indexes.

Lane County - Eugene Register Guard Index.  Located at the University of Oregon Library.  Features an index of over 30,000 articles occurring in the Eugene Register Guard newspaper from 1963 to 2003.  Includes many obituaries.

Multnomah County Obit Index.  Located at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon.  Features an index of obituaries from local Multnomah County newspapers. including The Capital Journal, Oregon Journal, The Oregonian, The Bulletin, The Tigard Times, Newberg Graphic, Eugene Register Guard, Hood River News, Mostly Oregon, The Statesman and more.  Copies of obituaries may be requested for a small fee.

Portland Oregonian.  Located at the University of Oregon Libraries.  Search 1852-1987 of The Oregonian newspaper.

Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Obituary Index.  Located at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Library.  Features an index of obituaries which were published in local Tillamook County newspapers.  Covers years 1955 to 2004.  The index may include full name of deceased, date of death, date of birth, place of death, place of birth, names of spouse, names of parents and maiden name if known.

Wallowa County Obituary Index.  Located at Wallowa County AGHP.  Various obits from local area newspapers.

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Miscellaneous Obituary and Deaths Resources:

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 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

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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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