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Spotlight: More Obituary Indexes -- Ohio, New Jersey, and Iowa

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Ohio


The city of Warren is the seat of Trumbull County, Ohio. It is located in the northeastern part of the state. The Warren-Trumbull County Public Library has made two obituary indexes of the Warren Tribune Chronicle available on its website.


The first set of indexes includes the years 1900 through 1939. Four PDF files each cover a ten-year period. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to download and view the indexes. The data fields in the database include the name of the deceased, date of issue, page and column number, and newspaper title abbreviation. The name field sometimes contains additional information, such as age at death, date of birth, spouse or parent’s name, place of death, whether there is a photograph, and cause of death.


The second index is a searchable online database that covers 1970, part of 1980, 1981, and 1987 through 2009. There are more than 137,500 records in the index. You can search for an individual by surname or full name. If you are searching for a full name, you should format it as “last name, first name.” The data fields in the index are name, date of birth, date published, and page and column.


Plainfield Public Library, New Jersey


The city of Plainfield is located in Union County, New Jersey. It is in the northeastern part of the state. The Courier News obituary index, a collection of obituaries and biographical articles published in the Courier News between the mid-1920s and the mid-1980s, was donated to the Plainfield Public Library in 2009. Library staff and volunteers are in the process of indexing the collection. The database is organized alphabetically by surname. Currently it contains surnames beginning with letters A through H. It is a work in progress and will be updated as additional data becomes available. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and search the index. The data fields include last name, first name, relationship, date, source data (news or obituary), and item type. The relationship field contains the names of related individuals and how they are connected to the deceased.


Musser Public Library, Iowa


The city of Muscatine is the seat of Muscatine County. It is located on the eastern border of the state. The Musser Public Library has made an obituary index available on its website. The index contains obituaries and death notices from newspapers published in Muscatine from 1840 to the present. There are gaps in the index, and volunteers are working to complete it. To access the index, click on the Local History tab in the menu bar beneath the library’s name, then click on Genealogy under Quick Links. This will open a new page. Scroll to the bottom, and click on the Obituary index link to access the database page. Click on the first letter of the surname to view the alphabetical index. The data fields include last name, first name, type of record (D = death), date of paper, page number, and date of event. Copies of obituaries may be requested from the library for a fee.

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